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March 22, 2022

Tunisia becomes a member of the AfCFTA

Tunisia became a member of the AfCFTA after depositing its rectification on November 27th, 2020 to become the 31st AfCFTA State Party. Considered one of the emergent and paramount steps in the African Union, institutions such as the Tunisian Ministry of Commerce, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH or so-called the GIZ),and the Tunisian Union of Industries, Trade and Commerce (UTICA) in addition to the National Chamber of Tunisian Women in Business (CNFCE), have a common objective to reinforce the different capacities and structures towards negotiations and the implementation of the AfCFTA.

In line with Tunisia's vision to strengthen trade in the African continent, the National Chamber of Tunisian Women in Business (CNFCE)and the Tunisian Union of Industries, Trade and Commerce (UTICA), organised a one-day event to introduce in further details the definition of the AfCFTA.

The event which took place at the headquarters of the UTICA, highlighted the fields covered by the AfCFTA in Tunisia, inter-continental trade, and facts about regional businesses Tunisian businesswomen, members of the CNFCE, in addition to other business people are expected to explore more about the AfCFTA and the opportunities it offers to Tunisians as well as the challenges it may face in future.

The Agenda

The event offered its participants highly qualified and knowledgeable people about the African inter-regional trade. Of those we mention:

  • Mr Sékou Doumbouya, founder and director of the GRADES-CONSULTING studies firm.
  • MrRidha Mahjoub, an expert in the exportation and Tunisian-African trade.
  • GIZ representative: Implementation of AfCFTA.
  • Ministry of Commerce representative
  • Mrs. Leila Belkhiria Jaber, the President of the National Chamber of Women in Business (CNFCE)

The agenda tackled different topics such as:

  • The challenges of the AfCFTA in Tunisia and other African regions.
  • The fields included within the AfCFTA’s agenda
  • Comparison between the existing industries in Tunisia and the AfCFTA.
  • The macro economic effects and expectations from the AfCFTA (Tunisia as a case study)
  • The existing tools for the implementation of AfCFTA
  • Q&A
  • Group work, takeaways, and suggestions

Discussions takeaways:

The group discussions resulted in thoughtful and thorough recommendations. The latter will be shared as follows:

  • Engage Women in Business in the trade processes of the AfCFTA
  • Work on boosting some industries that are still trailing behind
  • Implement a secure and tangible e-commerce platform
  • Strategies on how to introduce and implement micro-finances in Tunisia

Presenter’s Golden Words about the event

“When we talk about Africa, and potential, We talk about African Business Women. We are here as members because we are concerned. It’s a discovery, it’s an adventure. We aspire to thrive and have more projects. We will, as women members of COMFWB, contribute and support.” - Leila Belkhiria Jaber, President of National Chamber of Women in Business

Tunisia became a member of the AfCFTA after depositing its rectification on November 27th, 2020 to become the 31st AfCFTA State Party. Considered one of the emergent and paramount steps in the African Union, institutions such as the Tunisian Ministry of Commerce, The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GmbH or so-called the GIZ),and the Tunisian Union of Industries, Trade and Commerce (UTICA) in addition to the National Chamber of Tunisian Women in Business (CNFCE), have a common objective to reinforce the different capacities and structures towards negotiations and the implementation of the AfCFTA.

In line with Tunisia's vision to strengthen trade in the African continent, the National Chamber of Tunisian Women in Business (CNFCE)and the Tunisian Union of Industries, Trade and Commerce (UTICA), organised a one-day event to introduce in further details the definition of the AfCFTA.

The event which took place at the headquarters of the UTICA, highlighted the fields covered by the AfCFTA in Tunisia, inter-continental trade, and facts about regional businesses Tunisian businesswomen, members of the CNFCE, in addition to other business people are expected to explore more about the AfCFTA and the opportunities it offers to Tunisians as well as the challenges it may face in future.

The Agenda

The event offered its participants highly qualified and knowledgeable people about the African inter-regional trade. Of those we mention:

  • Mr Sékou Doumbouya, founder and director of the GRADES-CONSULTING studies firm.
  • MrRidha Mahjoub, an expert in the exportation and Tunisian-African trade.
  • GIZ representative: Implementation of AfCFTA.
  • Ministry of Commerce representative
  • Mrs. Leila Belkhiria Jaber, the President of the National Chamber of Women in Business (CNFCE)

The agenda tackled different topics such as:

  • The challenges of the AfCFTA in Tunisia and other African regions.
  • The fields included within the AfCFTA’s agenda
  • Comparison between the existing industries in Tunisia and the AfCFTA.
  • The macro economic effects and expectations from the AfCFTA (Tunisia as a case study)
  • The existing tools for the implementation of AfCFTA
  • Q&A
  • Group work, takeaways, and suggestions

Discussions takeaways:

The group discussions resulted in thoughtful and thorough recommendations. The latter will be shared as follows:

  • Engage Women in Business in the trade processes of the AfCFTA
  • Work on boosting some industries that are still trailing behind
  • Implement a secure and tangible e-commerce platform
  • Strategies on how to introduce and implement micro-finances in Tunisia

Presenter’s Golden Words about the event

“When we talk about Africa, and potential, We talk about African Business Women. We are here as members because we are concerned. It’s a discovery, it’s an adventure. We aspire to thrive and have more projects. We will, as women members of COMFWB, contribute and support.” - Leila Belkhiria Jaber, President of National Chamber of Women in Business
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