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AfCFTA’s Implications for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs): Towards a Just Trade Transition Analysis

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) marks a distinct turning point in Africa’s economic development trajectory, in line with the enduring pan-African vision of a united Africa. However, the conjoining of just trade transition and the AfCFTA pact invokes an eclectic mix of analytic and philosophic questions: Is the AfCFTA deal being delivered in a just manner? Precisely: How is just trade transition being fostered, with attention to women and youth-led Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)? What should be done to build a momentum and deliver just trade transitional pathways for AfCTA?

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