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These organisations grew their AfCFTA consulting footprint with Astove Conseil

Like the majority of African CEOs, do you also struggle getting up-to-date and reliable information about the AfCFTA? ​

Are you struggling to keep up with the latest developments on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)? You’re not alone. In fact, reliable access to information is one of the biggest pain points for businesses looking to take advantage of this historic trade agreement. 

Source: Compilation from PAFTRAC Africa CEO Trade Survey Report 2022 & 2023

Many CEOs are uncertain about where and how to access AfCFTA information. An incredible 62% said that they did not know where and how to access useful information.

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Collaborative design

[Astove Conseil] has significantly contributed to the advancement of negotiations for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), notably concluding the rules on fishery and agricultural products, including fisheries and sugar, progress in the textile sector, and the conclusion of the Special Economic Zones regulation thanks to the studies carried out and technical assistance provided to senior officials of the AfCFTA Secretariat.

Knowledge generation

Astove Conseil has significantly contributed to raising awareness of the context and challenges of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) among Malagasy stakeholders, notably through a perception survey conducted among them, as well as through its analytical report on Madagascar's interests, enabling it to have the tools to make an informed decision regarding its accession to the AfCFTA and the steps to be implemented for successful execution.

Knowledge dissemination

The Club Export Réunion was pleased to host [..] an international trade policy consultant [from Astove Conseil] to present the leverage points available to companies from La Réunion as part of trade liberalisation schemes in the Indian Ocean area. After a day of training and a conference, Guillaume convinced us that it was possible for our local SMEs to benefit from substantial savings through reductions or even eliminations of customs duties for exported goods, but also to enable the reduction of entry barriers for service provisions. Following this intervention, we plan to repeat the experience.

Outreach & Advocacy

The research work and technical and strategic support provided by the team have made a valuable contribution to the work of the AfCFTA Secretariat and have allowed for significant progress in the missions entrusted to the Secretariat by the Member States. In particular, the economic analyses of African regional trade agreements have shed new light on the obstacles encountered during negotiations. These have led to new approaches that have resulted in relevant proposals from the Secretariat, which have helped advance the negotiation process, especially in the fisheries, automotive, and textile sectors.

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