The future of trade in Africa


October 19, 2022, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
Virtual Event
Cecilia Malmström (PIIE), Petina Gappah (African Continental Free Trade Area) and Bogolo Kenewendo (Former Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, Botswana)

Event Summary

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was launched almost two years ago, creating the world's largest free trade area, covering 55 countries. The agreement opens up huge possibilities for growth and investment in a region that suffered heavily during the pandemic and is facing a challenging recovery. What are the next steps for African trade integration? How can the continent harness its young population to create growth and prosperity? And how will the West's "friendshoring" affect Africa?

Joining this episode of Trade Winds were:


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


Petina Gappah
Former Principal Legal Advisor, AfCFTA secretariat; Author

Bogolo Kenewendo
Former Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, Botswana



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.