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African Countries Sign Free Trade Agreement

Rwanda: Last week in Rwanda, Kigali, African states met for the free trade discussion where it will be possible for countries to move freely across the continent

The South African delegation led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to Kigali where most participants agreed on the free trade between African states was signed, this has raised lot of questions as most of continent countries politically environment is  undesirable fueled by vote rigging and other  issues undermining rule of law.

The argument emanate from recent political development in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo whereby President Joseph Kabila term of office has expired last year but he refused to hold general election as required by the constitution.

The African continent has been known to be home for dictators and governments that are corrupt with high violation of human rights, this is substantiated by the latest Amnesty International Report whereby it illustrated that over 11 million Congolese people are in need of humanitarian aid.

The other factor discussed at the Summit was introduction of borderless continent where trade will move freely, some analysts argue that with the current and political and economic climate in most African countries removing of borders will not be possible due to lack of adherence to good governance principles by most leaders.

The other important factor is that 44 countries signed the agreement with the exclusion of Nigeria one of the major players in the continent politics, the lack of adequate infrastructure that will enable free trade to become a reality.

This can be seen whereby most African states have old infrastructure and some are non-existence such as connecting railway lines, roads, marine, energy and air transport etc. that would enable the free trade to happen in satisfactory and effective manner that would encourage investment.

Some scholars argue if the Kigali summit would turn into reality as many African leaders cling to power for longer periods, concerns of maladministration and corruption, not tolerating opposition parties and no electoral reforms that would attract investments.

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