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The goals and intentions of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) such as eliminating tariffs on 90% of goods will be stillborn without essential regulatory and infrastructure changes. New policies must be created to facilitate the faster and seamless flow of goods and services across borders, especially into and out of African ports.

President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Durban port — Sub-Saharan Africa’s busiest, handling about 60% of SA’s shipping container traffic — in April. The president’s visit served as a site inspection and an opportunity to announce a new infrastructure investment drive of up to R100bn...

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