sellal AU Sommet juillet 2016KIGALI (Rwanda)- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Sunday, in Kigali, called on African Union's member states to intensify their efforts to complete the creation of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017.

"The fact that the deadline set in 2012, by the heads of State and government, for the completion of the establishment of the CFTA (2017) is coming closer requires from the member states to make more efforts to meet this significant continental goal in time," Sellal said in an address at a meeting on "the Integration of the Union, and especially the Continental Free Trade Area.

He underlined "Algeria's commitment to sparing no effort to effectively contribute, in consultation with all AU member states, to the integration of our continent, of which the CFTA is an essential lever."

"We should have an African solidarity economy to face the other international blocks," he stressed.

Sellal said that the negotiation process for the establishment of the CFTA "might be a real lever to settle some structural deficiencies within the regional economic communities."

"To make a progress in the process, Algeria will host, early December 2016, an important African businessmen meeting entitled "African Investment and Business Forum: Algiers Meeting."

The event is expected to bring together more than 2,000 major African economic operators.
APS, 17 July 2016