Meeting Summary

Chatham House

This is a summary of an event held at Chatham House which explored the prospects for an African free trade area.

There is a wide recognition that regional integration is crucial for the prosperous future of African countries' economic progress, with some of the highest tariffs facing African countries being imposed by their neighbors, regional economic integration remains a challenge and only a very small percentage of African countries exports are being traded regionally.

Speakers included:

John Battersbym, UK Country Manager, International Marketing Council of South Africa
Ebele Edwin Ogbue, Managing Director/CEO, UBA Capital (Europe) Limited
Lord Stephen Green, Minister of State, UK Department of Trade and Industry