Trade in Services
The Directorate of Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Digital Trade (DTIID) at the AfCFTA Secretariat is charged with facilitating the negotiations and implementation of the Protocols on Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Digital Trade and their annexes and appendices. DTIID is also tasked with facilitating the negotiations and implementation of the Protocol on Women and Youth in Trade. The Directorate provides administrative support and technical assistance to the State and non-State Parties on issues related to trade in services, investment, IPRs, and digital trade within the AfCFTA.
The 5 Priority Sectors
The Liberalisation of services will be progressive and achieved through the scheduling of sector specific commitments and the development of regulatory frameworks. Negotiations on trade in services are ongoing and at both plurilateral and bilateral levels. Work towards the development of a regulatory framework has begun. 46 initial offers have been submitted to and are being technically verified by the AfCFTA Secretariat.
Countries that have submitted initial offers are:
The Committee on Trade in Services and 5 Sub-Committees are charged with the coordination and implementation of the Protocol on Trade in Services and its annexes.
The AfCFTA Secretariat provides technical and administrative support to the trade in services agenda e.g. consolidation of offers, verification, and validation of commitments, preparing technical documents, reports & regulatory audits on the priority sectors.