Launch of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

SADC-EAC-COMESA Tripartite Free Trade Area Legal Texts and Policy Documents

Twenty four Member/Partner States have signed the Declaration; only Libya and Eritrea have not signed. The TFTA Agreement has been signed by the following 16 member countries: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

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Documents from the Summit and the text of the final TFTA Agreement are available in the four official languages – English, Arabic, French and Portuguese
The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA)
African Free Trade Zone (AFTZ)
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Understanding the importance of the Tripartite Free Trade Area

Connect to a world of opportunity in Africa

The 2015 Trade Winds program offers U.S. companies the opportunity to explore eight markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. Hosted in South Africa, Trade Winds will feature an Africa-focused business forum, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Senior Government Diplomats representing commercial markets from 19 African countries. Additional trade mission stops will give participants the opportunity to conduct customized business-to-business meetings with pre-screened firms in Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Between 2001 and 2008, Africa was one of the fastest growing regions of the world, with an average annual growth rate of 5.6 percent. Stable macroeconomic conditions, coupled with structural reforms, enabled this growth.  Africa is also the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent making it rife with opportunities for U.S exporters. More than 20 African states form the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement making trade within Africa much easier and more efficient.

Between 2011-2015, 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies are expected to be in Sub-Saharan Africa. The graph below highlights areas of opportunity within Africa, based on several key energy industry sectors. Learn about opportunities for your industry in Africa with our one-page market overviews!

Participating in the Trade Winds Trade Mission will allow innovative U.S. companies to fully maximize their advantages in this promising and dynamic region!

Cash Flow Strategies to Make Your Exports More Competitive

Jonathan Rees is the Managing Director of Western Union Business Solutions in North America. Western Union Business Solutions is an International Trade Administration Strategic Partner -. Full Story

Successful exporters try to make their goods and services as attractive as possible, regardless of the buyer’s location. American exporters can take some easy steps to do this and protect profits at the same time. By using the right combination of payment and cash management strategies,  SMEs can improve their cash flow and increase overseas demand. … Read More

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Are You Ready To Export

Ken Mouradian is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Orlando Export Assistance Center. – Full Story

May 14, 2014

“I work with a lot of small businesses looking to begin exporting. It’s not uncommon for me to be asked, “How do you know if a company is export ready?”  The more relevant question is, “How does a company know that it’s export ready?” That’s a tricky one! For me, there are four main questions a company has to answer before it knows it’s export-ready:” ……Read More

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