This now brings to 17 the number of countries that have ratified the agreement. For the deal to take effect a minimum of 22 countries must ratify for the agreement to take effect.
The AU summit is hoping that many countries will finally comply with the African Free Trade Area agreement. The agreement will increase intra-African trade. South Africa says this will spur economic growth on the continent
The AU believes South Africa being one of the continent’s largest economies will be able to contribute to the much needed continental integration.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Mohammed. Ethiopia has recently been in the news for what many term as political reforms at a time when the country is also seeing an economic boom.
The President also met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. South Africa is currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and will in 2020 chair the AU.