M. l'Ambassadeur Ali MOKRANI a participé à la célébration de la Journée de l'Afrique par le Groupe africain des Ambassadeurs accrédités à Budapest organisée de concert avec le MAE et l'institut des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce de la Hongrie, consacrée à la Zone de libre échange continentale africaine (ZLECAF).
Mme Sonia BENZIADA du Ministère du commerce a présenté à cette occasion, une communication sur l'Algérie et la ZLECAF, dont le texte est, ci-joint.
Your Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen;
First, I would like to thank the Hungarian Government, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT) and the Group of African Ambassadors accredited to Budapest for their willingness to give a special stamp to the commemoration of World Africa Day, by organizing this online meeting, which is dedicated to the African Continental Free Trade Area.
This Area which is one of the flagship projects of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”, which translates into a common framework for inclusive growth and sustainable development for Africa over the next fifty years.
AfCFTA, which was operationalized on January 1, 2021, constitutes the largest free trade area in the world. With 54 countries it and has the potential to be a catalyst for industrial development and it will promote competitiveness, contribute to job creation and unleash regional value chains that will facilitate Africa’s meaningful integration into the global economy.
AfCFTA will also improve the prospects of Africa as an attractive investment destination.
Furthermore, the African Continental Free Trade Area is an opportunity for mutually beneficial economic partnership and trade between Africa and Europe of which Hungary is a member, which will open the prospects for the development of economic relations with Hungary within this area.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen;
Algeria, is one of the founding countries and initiators of the creation of the AfCFTA, and was among the signatories of the Agreement establishing the AfCFTA during the 10th extraordinary session of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, held on March 21, 2018 in Kigali (Rwanda). This position is part of the strengthening of trade relations with African countries.
Algeria’s cooperation policy towards Africa remains a pivotal strategic choice, enabling mutual economic advantages, and whose expansion can benefit from the political, cultural and solidarity ties cultivated.
To this end, Algeria has spared no effort for the implementation of this Area and has actively and regularly participated in the various meetings of negotiations of the AfCFTA since initial launches in 2016. Algeria has illustrated a continuous supporting positions aimed at accelerating regional integration.