Network of Journalists for Trade and Development in Africa formed in Addis Ababa

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Accra, Oct. 4, GNA –  Journalists for Trade and Development in Africa (J-Trade Africa) was formed at the just ended second African Trade Forum (ATF II) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to promote trade  and development agenda in Africa with a key focus on the continental free trade area.

J-Trade Africa, a network comprising journalists who attended the ATF II programme, would also seek to build members’ capacity on trade issues as well as organise workshops and training in other African countries to build the capacity of journalists on the continent to report and write on trade issues.

     A statement issue and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Thursday named Mr Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, a Ghanaian journalist, as the President of J-Trade Africa.

    It said the ATF II, organised by the Africa Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), sought to build on the current political expression of support for the continental trade agenda as agreed by two Summits of Heads of State and Government of Africa held this year on the same theme.

     The forum brought together stakeholders in trade in Africa and development partners to discuss the way forward for the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).

     The stakeholders represented a broad base of actors in academia, business, policy-makers, finance, non-governmental organizations, as well as the media.

     In the recommendations the conference agreed that, the establishment of the CFTA agenda is government driven, but it would require the participation of civil society actors, private sector, parliamentarians and development partners.

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