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Status of AfCFTA Ratification

Status of AfCFTA Ratification
13 Dec 2018
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The AfCFTA – on the way to entry into force

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement is set to enter into force on 30 May 2019. This date marks 30 days after the 22nd instrument of ratification was deposited with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) – the designated depositary for this purpose – an essential step for the AfCFTA to enter into force. 

On 29 April 2019, the last two countries to have received parliamentary approval for ratification of the AfCFTA Agreement deposited their instruments of ratification with the depositary, paving the way for the AfCFTA’s entry into force. According to pdf Article 23 of the Agreement (4.67 MB) , entry into force occurs 30 days after the 22-country threshold is reached.

The 22 countries that have deposited their instruments of AfCFTA ratification are Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Niger, Chad, Congo Republic, Djibouti, Guinea, eSwatini (former Swaziland), Mali, Mauritania, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire), Senegal, Togo, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Saharawi Republic. Additionally, Zimbabwe has received parliamentary approval for ratification but has yet to deposit its ratification instruments with the AUC Chairperson.

Last updated: 30 April 2019

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