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Potential Contributions of Civil Society Organisations to the Effective Implementation of the AfCFTA

Focus on the Eastern Africa Region

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are among the actors which played a key role in leading to the adoption of the AfCFTA agreement. While the economic benefits of implementing the AfCFTA remain a key discussion focus, analysts have observed that the concept of inclusivity and participation of democratic elements such as civil society, in shaping Member States’ engagement in AfCFTA activities, is yet to be addressed. This paper seeks to highlight areas where CSOs could potentially contribute, drawing upon experiences in the Eastern Africa region.

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