Realizing the African Continental Free Trade Area

Canada’s Role as a Trusted Third-Party Partner for Long-Term Prosperity
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'The free trade area is the culmination of decades of dreams for a more integrated continent; transcending old artificial borders imposed arbitrarily from the top-down by colonial powers'   

Minister Mary’s Ng recent mandate letter from Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed both an Africa strategy and Canada's support for AfCFTA implementation. Hon. Ng’s objectives include: ‘’Developing a strategy for economic cooperation across Africa, including support for the African Continental Free Trade Area, facilitation of increased infrastructure investment and expansion of partnerships in research and innovation.’’     

The Chamber is pleased to support the realization of these objectives for accelerated Canada-Africa trade and investment - through our mission of world-class networking and information-sharing events.  

We continue to explore Canada's role as a trusted partner in the world's largest free trade agreement by countries participating, with a short, medium and long-term view of the opportunities for Canadian business and Africa's 1.3 billion people.  

                During this most recent event, speakers & Panelists included: 



MP Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Rob Oliphant was elected as the Member of Parliament for Don Valley West in 2015. He had previously served as Member of Parliament for the riding from 2008 to 2011.    

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Susan Namulindwa, Vice President, The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 

Susan heads the Africa Trade Desk and is primarily based in Ottawa 

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Dr. Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional integration and trade division, UNECA 

Stephen Karingi is currently the Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division of the Economic Commission for Africa. He joined the United Nations in April 2004. Before joining the United Nations, Dr. Karingi was a Senior Analyst and the Head of Macroeconomics Division in the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), a Public Policy Think-Tank
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Sebastian Spio-Garbrah - Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, The Special Trade & Investment Envoy of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business to The African Continental Free Trade Secretariat, Accra - Ghana

Sebastian Spio-Garbrah is Global Managing Director & Chief Frontier Markets Analyst at DaMina Advisors and leads the Chamber's promotion of free trade to the African Union. He has been recognized as one of the world’s leading frontier markets analysts, was voted among the ‘Top 30 under 30 Analysts’ by New York’s Institutional Investor Magazine in 2006. 
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Fred McMahon - Resident Fellow, Dr. Michael A. Walker Chair in Economic Freedom, Fraser Institute

Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute Resident Fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Chair in Economic Freedom. He has an M.A. in Economics from McGill University. Mr. McMahon manages the Economic Freedom of the World Project and coordinates the Economic Freedom Network, an international alliance of over 100 think tank partners in about 100 nations and territories. 
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Related Events  

The Chamber and AfCFTA: Advancing Free Trade 

Securing Africa’s Free Trade Future: Explore the Vital Role of Youth and Women in AfCFTA

Address of H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary General to the African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) Secretariat 

Further Reading & Resources of Interest    

Toward Effective Implementation of a Sustainable African Continental Free Trade Area by 2021 Chamber Fellow Akinyi J. Eurallyah.  Read the Full Report or download the audio interview in conversation with Garreth Bloor   

AfCFTA Unit in Accra: Promoting Free Trade

Economic Freedom of the World Report (including Free Trade) by the Fraser Institute 

Welcoming African think tank leaders through the participation of

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