The African Development Bank (AfDB) said that discussions on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) would top agenda at the extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) on July 7 and July 8 in Niger’s capital, Niamey.
The bank said this on its website.
It said that the President of the bank, Akinwumi Adesina, would lead a delegation of the bank’s officials to the summit.
According to the AfDB, President Adesina will meet African leaders to review the continent’s development issues and hold talks on the effective implementation of the AfCFTA.
“As a member of the continental task force, the bank will participate in several executive discussions, including the deliberations of the 8th meeting of African trade ministers.
“The discussion will include a meeting of the 37th Steering Committee of Heads of Commerce.
“The bank will also participate in the meetings of the 37th New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee as well as in the 1st mid-year coordination meeting of the AU and regional economic communities.
“President Adesina will share the bank’s vision on empowering African women and on the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative.
“On the sidelines, there will be discussions between the bank and major African private sector representatives on the AU’s 2063 vision of an integrated, inclusive and prosperous continent,” the bank said.
Amaka E. Nliam