The African free trade area: Eight months in


August 18, 2021, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
Virtual Event

Cecilia Malmström (PIIE), Petina Gappah (African Continental Free Trade Area) and Sherman Robinson (PIIE)

Event Summary

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is the world’s largest free trade area, covering 55 countries and a market of an estimated 1.2 billion people. Eight months since its launch, how is it progressing? How has COVID-19 affected its implementation? What impact will other bilateral trade agreements have on the area? Does Kenya’s vision align with the collective vision? And what comes next?

Joining this episode of Trade Winds were:


Cecilia Malmström
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)


  • Petina Gappah
    Principal Legal Advisor, AfCFTA, Office of the Secretary-General
  • Sherman Robinson  
    Nonresident Senior Fellow, PIIE



About This Series

Trade Winds is a monthly virtual event series hosted by Cecilia Malmström that explores the future of global commerce, including ways that international cooperation on trade can accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.