South Africa sees T-FTA as building block in continental integration process

South Africa fully supports the proposed African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) signed by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda, last week, but Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said the “high bar” set by South Africa’s legal framework made it impossible for the country to sign an agreement that was not yet complete. Speaking in Pretoria on Monday, Davies noted that the 250-page general agreements had not been accompanied by a tariff schedule, nor several other annexes and appendices that would be required before South Africa entered into a new trade agreement.