Africa Continental Free Trade Area: How will it Benefit Cross Border Traders?

This Policy Brief seeks to outline the potential benefits the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) presents to cross border traders (CBT). The paper is informed by analysis of the founding documents of the AfCFTA; published research papers, detailed research reports, grey literature, participation in sensitization and consultative meetings on the AfCFTA; engagements with key experts; published videos on the AfCFTA and other key related processes. In analysing these potential benefits, the researcher used the approach of first building an appreciation of the current opportunities and obstacles that many cross-border traders are facing. Once these are deeply unpacked, one would then relate how the AfCFTA potentially positions CBT to take advantage of current or new opportunities as current and emerging challenges to CBT are ameliorated.