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Workshop on AfCFTA protocol organised

The ministry of industrialisation and trade is convening a two-day southern Africa consultative workshop on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) protocol on women and youth in business.

According to a statement issued by the trade ministry, the workshop will be held on 22 and 23 June in Windhoek in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and the National Youth Council of Namibia.

The trade minister, Lucia Iipumbu, will officiate at the workshop which will deliberate on value addition and innovation; support mechanisms for formal and informal traders, intellectual property rights, discriminatory customs and practices, capacity building and standards and origin certification.

The workshop is also being held in partnership with the AfCFTA Secretariat, Youth for Tax Justice Network Africa, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme and European Union Delegation to Namibia.

It will bring together young people and women in business, government officials and youth leaders across the Southern African Development Community region towards a common stand on the AfCFTA protocol and foster more awareness of challenges young entrepreneurs, producers and traders across the region face.

“The objective of the workshop is also to generate issues for inclusion in the protocol on women and youth in trade and e-commerce as well as to enhance access to economic opportunities for the youth at national and regional levels through sustainability in youth priority sectors,” said the trade ministry.

It also aims to build skills and impart knowledge to the youth on key AfCFTA processes at national and regional levels, inform on negotiations on the AfCFTA protocols on women and youth in trade and e-commerce, and share information on gaps and opportunities for the youth in the AfCFTA process and how these can be harnessed.

A report on recommendations from the workshop will inform the design of national policies and complementary measures to enable women and youth to benefit from the AfCFTA Agreement.
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