Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia led the Algerian delegation to the AU extraordinary summit held in Kigali on 21st March 2018 in his capacity as Representative of the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
He was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, and Minister of Trade, Mohamed Benmeradi, and many other high officials.
The African Union extraordinary summit, dedicated to the official launching of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), kicked off Wednesday in Kigali with the attendance of about thirty heads of State and Government.
Under the chairmanship of Rwandan Head of State Paul Kagame, AU current President, this summit will culminate in the signing of an agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area and a protocol on the African economic community relating to the free movement of people.
The establishment of the free trade area constitutes one of the leading projects of AU’s 2063 Agenda, which mapped out a new development vision of the continent for the next five decades by focusing on inclusive growth and sustainable development.
The free trade zone must include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Union of the Arab Maghreb and the community of Sahel-Sahara States.
On this occasion, Mr Ouyahia met the Presidents of Senegal Macky Sall, Tanzania John Magufuli and Mozambique Filipe Nyusi to whom he handed over messages of fraternity and esteem from the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
On their part, President Macky Sall, Filipe Nyusi and John Magufuli, asked Ouyahia to extend to President Bouteflika their fraternal and warm greetings as well as their wishes of happiness and prosperity to the Algerian people.