Strengthening Economic Ties: The Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Signed a Landmark Memorandum of Understanding


In a historic move aimed at bolstering economic cooperation and regional integration, the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The signing ceremony, held on 14th November 2023 in Cairo, Egypt marked a significant milestone in the quest for enhanced trade and development across the African continent.

The Central Corridor, a vital transport route that connects the Great Lakes region to the Indian Ocean, has long been recognized as a key player in facilitating trade and transportation across the region. On the other hand, the AfCFTA represents a continent-wide initiative aimed at creating a single market for goods and services, promoting free movement of people, and fostering economic integration among African nations.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines a framework for collaboration between the CCTTFA  and AfCFTA, with key objectives including:

Facilitating Trade: The agreement seeks to streamline and expedite the movement of goods along the Central Corridor, reducing trade barriers and enhancing efficiency.

Infrastructure Development: Collaborative efforts will be undertaken to improve and expand infrastructure along the Central Corridor, ensuring smoother transportation and logistics.

Policy Harmonization: The MoU aims to align policies and regulations related to trade and transportation, fostering a conducive environment for economic growth.

Capacity Building: Both parties commit to investing in human capital and institutional capacity to support the effective implementation of the agreement.

The signing of this MoU holds immense promise for the African continent. By combining the strategic transport capabilities of the Central Corridor Secretariat with the overarching goals of AfCFTA, the stage is set for a new era of economic collaboration and shared prosperity.

The streamlined transportation facilitated by the CCTTFA will contribute to the AfCFTA’s overarching goal of boosting intra-African trade by creating a single market.

Improved infrastructure along the Central Corridor routes will not only benefit trade but also stimulate economic development in the regions it traverses.

Global Competitiveness: The partnership enhances Africa’s global competitiveness by creating a more efficient and interconnected trade network.

With the MoU now in place, both the CCTTFA and AfCFTA are poised to work collaboratively on the implementation of the outlined objectives. This will involve ongoing dialogue, joint projects, and a commitment to overcoming any challenges that may arise during the process.

As Africa continues to strive for economic integration and sustainable development, the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between the CCTTFA and AfCFTA stands as a testament to the continent’s determination to forge a united and prosperous future. The eyes of the international community are now on Africa as it takes bold steps towards realizing its economic potential.