A former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has called for a special ‘Made-in-Africa’ brand to promote intra-African trade and boost the export of products made on the continent.
According to a statement from the organisers of the International African Trade Fair 2021, Obasanjo made the call during a session at the event in Durban, South Africa, on Thursday.
Obasanjo, also a former president of the African Union, was quoted as saying, “Having a ‘Made-in-Africa’ brand will instill a sense of pride in each African country.
The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement is working to remove the divisions that were brought about by colonialism, where Africa was divided into regions based on the languages of the colonisers.”
According to him, the shared vision of IATF2021 participants and the traders at the Trade Fair is what will bring the AfCFTA to life.
“I have been impressed by the interaction of people at the IATF. People are working together, and this creates the environment in which miracles can happen,” said Obasanjo.