44 African countries agree free trade agreement, Nigeria yet to sign

The African Heads of States and Governments pose during African Union (AU) Summit for the agreement to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area in Kigali, Rwanda.

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  • 44 countries have signed
  • Nigeria, South Africa did not sign

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has been signed by 44 African countries at a summit of the African Union in Kigali, Rwanda.

10 of the African Union's (AU) 55 member states did not sign the agreement.
    The summit was a step forward for the AU's 2063 project for closer African integration, with 27 member states also signing a commitment for the free movement of persons.
    The AfCFTA has the potential to bring over 1.2bn people together into the same market. The bloc of 55 nations would be the largest in the world by member states.
    Rwanda's President Paul Kagame signs an agreement for establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area.