The Institutional Design of the AfCFTA

The Institutional Design of the AfCFTA
The Institutional Design of the AfCFTA

The formal foundation of the AfCFTA is a set of international legal instruments. They consist of a founding Agreement and, when completed, six additional Protocols. The Protocols contain their own annexes, appendices and, where required, schedules. These legal instruments constitute one integral legal compact. Article 23 of the AfCFTA Agreement foresees the possibility of more legal instruments if necessary.

The AfCFTA legal instruments are not self-executing. National and joint efforts are required to ensure that the perceived benefits will materialize. It is in this regard that the AfCFTA institutions could play an important role, provided they are equipped with the necessary powers. However, the main AfCFTA institutions are African Union (AU)-linked political platforms where representatives of the State Parties will meet from time to time and presumably take stock of bigger picture tendencies, as is the practice in the African Union. They have not been geared for executive action or technical guidance associated with trade regulation as pictured here. The AfCFTA institutions must now provide the necessary guidance.


Center for Africa Studies (AFRAM) which located in Ankara, is an organization facilitating under the administration of African Affairs Council (AFAC). It makes various researches about Africa to enhance economic and cultural bounds between Africa and Turkey. AFRAM’s publishings has been shared with different institutions as they require to obtain.


Africa Observatory is one the publishing of AFRAM and it has been published each two weeks. It has been delivered to different institutions via e-mail.

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