On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Dr. Alex Ansong, lecturer and head of the public law department at the GIMPA Faculty of Law, on Zoom, the fourth edition of the GIMPA web series on law and ethics on the topic: International Trade and Investment Post-Pandemic Relations: Africa Rising? This session was moderated by Professor Richard Frimpong Oppong, associate professor at the law school at Thompson Rivers University, Canada.
The outbreak of the corona virus has confirmed the need for economic integration in Africa. The best way to achieve this is through the African Continental Free Trade Association (AfCFTA), which aims to advance Africa's interests through intra-African trade.
Although negotiations on the AfCFTA have been completed, Member States are advised to involve and train their various domestic constituents before implementation. One of the advantages of COVID-19 is that it is likely to delay the implementation phase of the agreement and give African countries more time to get involved and plan.
Regardless, the impact of COVID-19 on international trade and investment relations has exposed the economic weaknesses of the African continent and the importance of building national competence through the support of local industries. This will enable domestic industry to compete with foreign industry and strategically position the African continent as a force in global trade.
In the aftermath of COVID-19, a smooth start to the AfCFTA agreement will be crucial to hope for an “African rise”. H. Hoping for tangible economic benefits for the peoples of the African continent that are reflected in their daily lives.
Download the GIMPA Law & Ethics Policy Paper Vol.1 No.4 here: https://ghanalawhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/GIMPA-Law-Ethics-Policy-Paper-Volume-1- Issue- 4.pdf
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