Look for 'Made in Africa' products: Experts tell youths

2018-10-11 10:00:55

African youth have been challenged to consume products made in only Africa, amid a political drive to implement the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Agreement.

Business experts have challenged the continent's biggest market, youngsters, to look for “Made in Africa First”, during a panel discussion on CFTA at the ongoing Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Kigali.

Experts say the profile of African products will be enhanced once Africans place them on top of their preferential list. The greatest challenge, after the signing of the deal, is implementation.

The conversation sought to explore the benefits of the historic CFTA deal that was signed by African Heads of State and Government in Kigali early this year.

The Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) has similar trading arrangements, he said, yet it is still difficult to move goods between the member states because the existing laws are not enforceable.

About 70 percent of Africa's population is under the age of 30, with Africa's population projected to double by 2050.