Tana Forum 2020 : Summary on the Theme
The 9th Tana Forum, taking place from 24th to 26th April in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, will discuss the theme of: “The AfCFTA: A Milestone for Pan-Africanism and Conflict Transformation”.
On January 2012, the 18th AU Summit confirmed the decision to embark on the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by 2017. The AfCFTA agreement was adopted and opened for signature in March 2018 and entered into force on 30 May 2019.
The AfCFTA brings together 55 African economies, forming the world’s largest trading area with a gross domestic product worth USD $3.4 trillion and a population of more than one billion people. The agreement has the potential to boost intra-African trade by 52.3 per cent by eliminating import duties, and to double this trade if non-tariff barriers are also reduced.
The Forum complements formal meetings of African heads of state and government by gathering them in an informal, collaborative environment. In the spirit of discussions taking place under the Baobab tree, the Forum offers room and space for panel discussions, interaction with the floor and bilateral talks to share views and experiences in a time efficient, result-oriented and open manner.