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The African Commissioner for Trade and Industry held a press conference today at the Almourabitoune International Conference Center in which he addressed the stages of the Kigali Agreement on the Free Trade Area.

The commissioner added that the African Union leaders will discuss the developments of the Kigali agreement on the free trade zone at the 31st regular session in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

He indicated that the Organization is in the process of establishing an African Observatory to follow up the statistics on African exchanges, stressing that the free trade zone will result in a lot of investments and employment opportunities for African youth, which will limit youth migration before noting that an international exhibition is to be held in Cairo, September 2018.

The commissioner stressed the importance of introducing the free trade zone at the university, school and media levels, as well as raising the awareness about the great economic benefits of its establishment, calling on all African countries to work towards the implementation of the Kigali Free Trade Zone Agreement.

The Free Trade Zone Agreement has been signed by 44 African countries, while the Commissioner confirmed that four out of the 11 countries that have not signed so far are in the process of signing it.