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AfCFTA committee to create office in Bauchi

African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The National Action Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) has planned to create an office in Bauchi State to actualize a single market for goods and services across Africa.

The Secretary, Francis Anatogu, disclosed this when the committee visited Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed after a sensitization programme in the state.

“We are now in the implementation phase. For us to get this right, we need to replicate what we have at the National level at subnational levels. Bauchi needs to have a state structure that will help drive the implementation of AfCFTA in the state,” said Anatogu

He also said the AfCFTA is expected to deliver an integrated continental market of 1.27 billion consumers with an aggregate gross Domestic product (GDP) of $3.4 trillion. “Nigeria constitutes a significant portion of these figures largely spread across our states.”

Governor Mohammed said the state is ready to partner with the federal government to enhance the lives of people, adding the state government will constitute a high powered committee to ensure effective implementation of the trade agreement in the state.

He added that his administration will fully comprehend the opportunities in the agreement in order to achieve the set objectives and open up trade opportunities for the people of the state to participate.