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Two New Champions of Trade Vying for attention at the forthcoming African Union Summit

23 February 2018
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On the eve on the signing of the Continental Free Trade Agreement two new trade support or lobbying organizations are vying for the attention of Head of States in Kigali.

  • The Afrochampion Initiative – The website describes the organization as… a set of innovative public-private partnerships and flagship programs designed to galvanize African resources and institutions to support the emergence and success of African private sector multinational champions in the regional and global spheres.

The Initiative focuses on Advocacy on Private-Sector Driven African Integration, Policy Innovations to Drive intra-African Commerce, Corporate Best Practices that Champion Africa, Capacity Building in pan-African multinational management, Corporate Networking, Research, Benchmarking & Knowledge-sharing,

Founded by the advisory firm Konfidants, the organization is Co-Chaired by President Thabo Mbeki and Mr. Aliko Dangote, President and CEO of Dangote Group.

Afrochampion will be in Kigali sponsoring a full Business Day.


  • Pan African Private Sector Trade Policy Committee (PAFTRAC) – Initially driven by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Ecobank Transnational Inc. (Ecobank), International Trade Centre (ITC) and with the blessing of the WTO was left dormant from 2011 until the eve of the CFTA signature. PAFTRAC has come in-force again under the leadership of Afreximbank to become the top voice of the private sector on the CFTA, eventually reporting directly to the Conference of African trade Ministers.

The organization has yet to call its first constituent assembly. Rendez-vous in Kigali is set for March 2018 at the Summit of Head of States to launch the Committee.

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