Inflationary pressures and geopolitical tensions took a bite out of Africa’s regional trade momentum between 2022 and 2023. But institutions, including the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) secretariat, are confident intra-Africa trade will swing back up as risks subside.

AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene told Business Times at the Afreximbank annual meeting in the Bahamas this week that inflation had a chilling effect on businesses’ appetite for capital, which weighed down business activity in Africa...

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