Davos: Africa boosts free trade while global barriers go up
27 January 2019 | 3:58 pm
A new African free trade area could be just weeks away as the last few countries ratify an agreement signed last year. The plan to boost intra-African trade by half is gaining much attention in Davos this year.
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