Business Roundtable - African companies and Covid-19: facing legal challenges

Covid-19: What is at stake for the African Continental Free Trade Area?

Thu 11 Jun
14:00 - 15:15 UTC
In partnership with ASAFO & CO

With an expected US$ 3.4 trillion in wealth creation and targeted objective of 50% intra-African trade by 2030, the African Continental Free Trade Area is a source of considerable hope for the private sector. In the current context of COVID-19, the agreement is also seen as the “stimulus package” the continent can’t afford. Since the new AfCFTA Secretary-general, Wamkele Mene, announced that the agreement will not come into force on July 1st as planned, doubts have arisen. When and how is it going to be implemented? And what economic and legal changes can we foresee in terms of regional movements of goods and capital given the current disruptions?

Key points

  • What are the remaining legal considerations before the AfCFTA implementation?
  • What are the legal and economic consequences resulting from the postponement? 
  • Can AfCFTA be the African response to the crisis the continent needs?


This webinar is part of a series of 6 webinars dedicated solely to business leaders operating in Africa and organized by the AFRICA CEO FORUM in partnership with the international law firm Asafo & Co.

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Who should attend?

This webinar is primarily intended for CEOs, members of executive committees, legal directors and financial directors of large African companies. (more than 30 million euros in turnover).


ASAFO & CO. is an innovative law firm launched to dedicate its resources to Africa. Our multilingual and multi-jurisdictional teams have been advising for many years on a broad range of Africa-related transactions and dispute resolution issues for our clients around the world, which include prominent corporations, private investors, governments and public bodies, parastatals, banks, development finance institutions and investment funds alike. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality advice in the core sectors for Africa’s economic and industrial development. 


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