Continental free trade key to ending gun violence in Africa — AU

The newly-adopted continental free trade treaty of the African Union could help reduce gun violence and other armed conflicts across the continent, an official prescribed on Thursday.

Albert Muchanga, AU commissioner for trade and industry, said the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) adopted in 2018 could enhance developmental policies and help silence the guns across the continent.

“The advocates of free trade have long argued that its benefits are not merely economic,” Mr Muchanga said at a press briefing Thursday night as part of the ongoing 33rd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

“They also point out that free trade reduces the possibilities of war by making nations more economically interdependent.

“Free trade makes it more profitable for people of one nation…

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