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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is Long Overdue



There are certain traits that are unique to countries in the global South. One of them is that they are split into tiny meaningless polities that confine and condemn their people to economic suffocation. The global north has shown that meaningful economic progress is attainable through expansive markets forged either through uniting e.g. USA or by forming strong economic communities like the EU. This allows for a wider scope of free movements of services, goods and people and tremendously opens up opportunities for a better short at life for the billions of people living within those territories. Indeed, it is a historical fact that, in places like the US, millions of people make several moves around the country searching for better opportunities before they can finally settle. The same happens in Europe. 

This is not possible in the South; Latin America, parts of Asia and Africa where majority of the people are confined and condemned into tiny spaces and their movements are heavily restricted. In Kenya, for instance, there are many people to whom the world means that local town and its biggest expansion is a move to Nairobi. And, if and when they cannot 'hack life' in Nairobi they hit the road of desperation and depression and that marks their path to a meaningless end. It is not necessarily that such a people do not work hard enough. The fact is that their political realities have denied them opportunities. 

China is emerging because it is in itself a market of over a billion humans. Africa's population which is almost same as China's is divided into 1,2,3 ....54 nations. These entities called African nations are useless and unsustainable yet they even dare stick to colonial boundaries that continue to inhibit and limit the movements of their people. I do not know how and why anybody in their right mind should be opposed to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). It can only be as a result of mediocrity and/or manipulation by those who do not want to see the emancipation of Africa. Methinks, this is something that needed to have happened immediately after independence. African nations must run away from stupid colonial entities like the Commonwealth and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) and focus in opening up the continent and boosting intra-Africa trade to spur really development on the continent.

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is Long Overdue The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is Long Overdue Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on November 25, 2018 Rating: 5

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