FM lauds launch of Africa’s free trade area

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Thursday said the launch of the African free trade area will open new horizons for integration and development in the African continent.

Speaking at the 35th session of the African Union’s executive council currently held in Niamey under Egypt’s chairmanship, he reiterated that the free trade area is a leading continental project.

Shoukry highlighted the need to upgrade the infrastructure in the transport and communications sectors in Africa.

He also placed emphasis on the importance of promoting peace and security in the African continent through Silencing the Guns initiative, which calls on all warring parties in various African countries to stop fighting and the bloodshed.

Shoukry chaired several sessions to discuss reports on the activities of the African Union, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said.

The minister urged boosting coordination and cooperation between the AU and the eight African economic blocs with a view to developing regional and continental integration, Hafez added.

Shoukry left for Niamey Wednesday to lead the preliminary meetings ahead of the 12th extra-ordinary AU Summit, slated for Sunday as part of Egypt’s current chairmanship of the AU.

Source: State Information Service Egypt