Date : June 14th, 2023
Time : __:__
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Boosting Cameroon’s Bilateral and Multilateral Trade through AfCFTA: Lessons Learned from Free Trade in the Pre-Colonial Area.
Cameroon’s strategic location in the heart of Central Africa positioned it at the centre of trade during the pre-colonial and post-colonial periods. During the pre-colonial period, the trade was bartered, free with no barriers and based mainly on the sale of slaves. However, the end of slave trade marked the beginning of trade in new products like palm oil, palm kernels and Ivory. Free trade has therefore been a practice for a long time in Cameroon. Today, it is marked by the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), one of the flagship projects of the African Union, which aims to increase trade between African countries. Given the challenges, the country is currently facing in implementing the AfCFTA, it is essential to explore how to strengthen intra-African trade by drawing lessons from the free trade between Cameroon and its neighbors before and during the colonial period. In this context, the Nkafu Policy Institute of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation is organizing a webinar on the theme: “Boosting Cameroon’s Bilateral and Multilateral Trade through AfCFTA: Lessons Learned from Free Trade in the Pre-Colonial Area”.
The main objective of this WEBINAR is to revisit opportunities and challenges from pre-colonial trade in Cameroon and identify relevant areas for the implementation of the AfCFTA. Specifically, it will:
- in the pre-colonial Cameroon;
- Map out some of the challenges recorded in the history of free trade in precolonial Cameroon;
- Present the ways in which the implementation of the AfCFTA can be advanced base on the experiences gain from the Free Trade in Pre-Colonial Cameroon;
- Propose strong policy recommendations that could help attain the objectives of the AfCFTA.
Increased knowledge of participants on the various aspects of free trade in pre-colonial Cameroon and ways to catalyze the successes achieved to facilitate the implementation of the AfCFTA.
This event is open to policymakers, regional economic communities, customs officials, and the public.
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