Africa Trade Forum (ATF)
ATPC collaborated with the African Union Commission (AUC) in organizing the ATF, which a flagship trade dialogue platform for all trade constituents for Africa. The inaugural Africa Trade Forum was held on 22-24 November 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum was intended to examine all trade and trade-related issues with regards to whether Africa can trade itself out of poverty. The Forum brought together all trade constituents in Africa and other participants from around the world to deliberate on the Africa trade agenda. The outcome of the Forum provided substantive input into the January 2012 African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government which focused on the theme; “Boosting Intra-Africa Trade”.
The AFT will continue to be annual event whose strategic objective will be to promote and enhance multi-stakeholder policy dialogue and advocacy on trade issues in Africa, by mobilising all the different trade constituencies across Africa and the world in general, to debate and exchange views on all the key issues relating to intra-African trade, and Africa’s trade with the rest of the world.
Following the January 2012 Summit Declarations and within the endorsed Architecture for the Continental Free trade Area, (CFTA), Africa Trade Forum was endorsed to serve as a Pan-African platform for reflections and discussions on the progress and challenges of the continental market integration and it should continue be organized annually jointly with AUC and the ATPC UNECA.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
Following the decisions of the 6th African Ministerial Consultative Group meeting held on June 8, 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia, UNECA in consultation with AU and RECs was requested to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework to track the implementation of AGOA in eligible AGOA member countries. In addition, AGOA eligible member countries and the United States (US) were urged to establish a joint M&E mechanism to assess progress on the implementation of decisions taken at the AGOA Summits.