NILDS’ Public Lecture: Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement: Issues and Implications for Nigeria


  • Friday November 8, 2019 10:29 AM
  • NILS Press Corps

July 7th, 2019 marked a watershed for Africa and in particular for Nigeria when at the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Niamey, Niger Republic, President Muhamadu Buhari signed the agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), aimed at boosting intra-African trade and promoting regional development, a major thrust of the agreement is the removal of tariffs from about 90% of goods, enhancing free flow of goods, services and labour across the continent.

In fulfilling its mandate to provide technical support to the Nigerian Parliament and lay bare the key issues, challenges and implications of the AfCTFA for Nigeria; and explore ways to harness the agreement for diversification, economic development and poverty reduction.

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), is organizing a public lecture on Wednesday, 18th November, 2019, targeted at enabling understanding of the context and main issues of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA); Comprehending the important role of trade in economic development; Domesticating trade treaties signed by the executive through legislation; and Enhancing the effectiveness of the National Assembly oversight roles, as it relates to the trade reforms and regional integration.

The event will attract Members of the National Assembly (especially committees on Co-operation & Integration in Africa & NEPAD; Customs, Excise & Tariff; Foreign Affairs; Industries; National Planning and Economic Affairs; Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare; Trade and Investment; Commerce; Treaties, Protocol and Agreement; Members of the academia; Representatives of key trade-related MDAs among others.

NILDS remains a critical knowledge management hub and capacity development organ for National Parliaments in West Africa and would continue to provide both supply and demand-driven training approach, in line with World-best practices, to close the huge knowledge gap and deliver continued technical support to the legislature and democratic institutions in Nigeria and beyond.

The one-day Public Lecture,which is expected to be enriching, provides a platform for a cross-fertilization of experiences, and sharing of concerns, informed knowledge and ideas among participants, resource persons and Parliamentarians.