Africa’s historic Free Trade Agreement signed – Kigali, Rwanda

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“54 countries with a population no less than one billion marks the creation of the world’s largest economic and free trade area,” International Trade Centre Director, Arancha Gonzalez reacts as the African Continental Free Trade Area is born

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