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  • ***“This schedule, will be essentially a live dynamic negotiating document to help attract investment to Nigeria” - Amb. Osakwe, DG/Chief Negotiator NOTN *** Mrs. Irene Robinson-Ayanwale, General Counsel/Head Legal Department, Nigerian Stock Exchange and Mr. Seni Adio (SAN), Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association- Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL), Co-chairpersons of the Nigerian Coalition of Services Industry (NCSI) today validated the Nigerian Draft Market Access Offer for Trade in Services (Schedule of specific Commitment). *** Nigeria’s Chief Trade Negotiator and DG NOTN, Ambassador Osakwe informs the business community at the 9th annual edition of the BusinessDay CEO Forum that Nigeria remains open, engaged and committed to trade integration in the rules-based global economy. *** The protectionist stereotyping of Nigeria is off-key and wrong. Domestically, all shades of trade opinions exist. What is essential is that Nigeria remains open to trade and committed to a rules-based economy - Amb. Osakwe *** “Nestlé is one of the pillars of the Nigerian economy for modernisation, innovation and employment. It has set a good example and there is scope for much more.” - Ambassador Osakwe, DG NOTN at the BusinessDay CEO Forum ***

“100 DAYS TO THE CFTA”- CHIEF NEGOTIATORS RECONFIRM THEIR COMMITMENT TO CONCLUDE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE CFTA BY END OF 2017

The African Union Commission is organizing the Seventh Meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) from 02-07 October 2017 in Ethiopia. The Objective of the meeting is to consider the draft Texts of the CFTA Agreement and its Annexes and Appendices proposed by the Technical Working Groups (TWGs). Furthermore, the Chief Negotiators will discuss criteria for designating sensitive products and exclusion list in the modalities for tariff liberalization.

AFRICAN UNION MINISTERS HOLD INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS ON THE MATTER OF RESERVATIONS MADE ON CFTA MODALITIES ON THE LIBERALIZATION OF TRADE IN GOODS

At the backdrop of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, on 21st September 2017 in the Conference Room of the African Union Permanent Mission in New York (USA), AU Ministers of Trade and Industry from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe held Informal Consultations on the matter of reservations made on the CFTA Modalities on liberalization of Trade in Goods. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Dr.Okechukwu E. Enelamah, Minister for Trade and Industry of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of the African Union Ministers responsible for Trade.