Welcome to the
AfCFTA Business Forum 2022


The AfCFTA establishes Africa as the world’s largest free trade area in terms of participating countries, bringing together 55 countries with a combined GDP of $3.5 trillion and a market of 1.4 billion consumers. It aims to boost intra-African trade, raise Africa’s trading position on the global market, and accelerate economic growth, industrialization, production, and job creation.

The AfCFTA achievements recorded to date, including completion of phase I of the AfCFTA and components of phase II covering Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, the Dispute Settlement Mechanism, Investments, Competition Policy, and Intellectual Property Rights, provide countless trade and investment opportunities for the private sector to capitalize on. The Digital Trade protocol which is expected to be concluded in July 2023, shall establish the appropriate regulatory framework for new market opportunities in the digital economy.

The protocol on Women and Youth in Trade, which is also expected to be concluded in July 2023 is an important instrument for achieveing inclusive benefits in the AfCFTA market.

To accelerate the implementation of the AfCFTA and activate trade and investments opportunities, the AfCFTA Secretariat, in collaboration with the Government of South Africa, is convening the AfCFTA Business Forum underthe patronage of H.E. President Cyril Ramaphosa.The forum is scheduled to take place 8 to 10 March, 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Focus Sectors


Creating an integrated One African Market hinges upon effective private sector participation in the implementation of the AfCFTA. The objectives of the AfCFTA Business Forum are:

Target Audience

The Forum invites broad participation of Africa’s private sector, strategic investors, financial institutions, investment promotion agencies, business councils, chambers of commerce, multinational corporations, African women and youth business organisations, as well as Heads of States and Government, and AfCFTA Partners.