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Thursday, November 14, 2013

PACCI’13 to link up regional economies

Taking front row at this year’s Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI’13) is the goal to link up the Regional Economic Communities (REC) across the continent of Africa, who are already actively engaged in the process of supporting investments at sub-regional levels.
ITRealms gathered that though the private sector supports the Continental Free Trade Area (C-FTA) initiative, PACCI lamented that the RECs are yet to take ‘ownership’ and ‘invest’ into the process as part of its own regional and continental agenda.
PACCI opined that until the aforementioned happen, the prospects for complete public-private sector participation in these continental liberalisation processes will be limited.
Also, PACCI plans to serve as a forum in which private sector positions are developed and presented to the various working groups, international conferences, and ministerial and heads of State sessions of the Africa Union (AU).

Meanwhile, ITRealms recalls that at the forthcoming 2013 Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) conference top on its agenda is the implementing efficient trade policies.

Further investigations by ITRealms showed that PACCI’13 conference being organized by African Chambers of Commerce and Industry on November 28th and 29th 2013, and is also expected to advance the Continental Free Trade Area (C-FTA).

This, PACCI affirmed in a press statement made available to ITRealms that despite the unease with free trade in many corners of the world, just as PACCI considers free trade to be good for development.
“Free trade can increase income levels, jobs, and bring in growth and prosperity. In all likelihood, PACCI believes that the discomfort with free trade lies not in the notion of free trade itself but how trade liberalization is pursued worldwide, too often linked with hypocrisy, guilt by association, democratic deficit and disregard for inequality,” official told ITRealms.

In addition, the conference is expected to address relevant issues to a modern trade and investment environment, from ambitious new market access opportunities to clear rules for African businesses and investors.

These include mainstreaming and implementing coherent and efficient trade policies; reducing costs and time for moving goods to destinations; creating regional and continental value chains, increasing local production and trade in goods produced in Africa; developing innovative mechanisms for multi-country infrastructure projects, such as energy, transport, telecom etc; developing African Financial institutions/mechanisms to support intra-African trade and investment; and promoting intraregional harmonisation of regulations and factor mobility. 

Remmy Nweke
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