Tripartite Free Trade Area

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The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) is a proposed African free trade agreement between the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East African Community (EAC).[1]

On June 10, 2015 the deal was signed in Egypt[2] by the countries shown below (pending ratification by national parliaments).

On 15 June 2015 at the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, negotiations were launched to create an African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) by 2017 with, it was hoped, all 54 African Union states as members of the free trade area.[3]

Country Current Trade Zone(s)
 Angola SADC
 Botswana SADC
 Burundi COMESA & EAC
 Comoros COMESA
 Djibouti COMESA
 Democratic Republic of the Congo COMESA & SADC
 Eritrea COMESA
 Ethiopia COMESA
 Lesotho SADC
 Madagascar COMESA & SADC
 Mauritius COMESA & SADC
 Mozambique SADC
 Namibia SADC
 Rwanda COMESA & EAC
 Seychelles COMESA & SADC
 South Africa SADC
 South Sudan COMESA
 Swaziland COMESA & SADC
 Tanzania SADC & EAC
 Uganda COMESA & EAC
 Zimbabwe COMESA & SADC


  1. "TRIPARTITE COOPERATION". South African Development Community. Retrieved 14 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Africa creates TFTA - Cape to Cairo free-trade zone". BBC News. Retrieved 10 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Luke, David; Sodipo, Babajide (23 June 2015). "Launch of the Continental Free Trade Area: New prospects for African trade?". International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. Retrieved 26 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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