AfCFTA delay presents new opportunities for construction, manufacturing

Bonnett, Director Market Access & Research at Africa House, says several sectors now have an opportunity to better prepare for the implementation of the AfCFTA

Bonnett notes that the pandemic highlighted supply chain issues, which continental free trade could help to mitigate. Across Africa, there were disruptions in the supply of goods and services out of Europe and elsewhere in the global north.

African companies – particularly in key east and west African markets – now have a real opportunity to position themselves to compete globally and build resilience into the pan-African supply chain, he says.