“While we continue to address the issues around the the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCTFA), we should sign the agreement now and set up an all-embracing implementation Committee in readiness for when it will finally take off.”
With those words, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) called on the Federal Government to immediately sign the (AfCTFA) to make the economy more competitive.
Briefing the Press in Lagos on Monday, Chief Alaba Lawson, the National President of NACCIMA, said “Nigeria was deeply involved in the negotiations from the beginning and indeed we chaired the process.
“Currently, while the AfCFTA is entering critical stages and negotiations are going on in priority sectors in member countries, our nation is dithering and still ruminating.
“Nigeria cannot afford to lose out in the opportunities inherent in a common African market. You cannot negotiate what you are not part of,” she said.
She, therefore, urged the Federal Government to take full advantage of the AfCFTA and eradicate non-tariff and regulatory barriers to international trade.