BITC steps in to boost local firms for AfCFTA

Hands across the continent: AfCFTA is potentially the greatest economic game changer for Africa
Hands across the continent: AfCFTA is potentially the greatest economic game changer for Africa

The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) is offering citizen-owned businesses an eight-module programme on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in a move aimed at preparing companies to take maximum advantage of intra-continental trade.

The training programme is conducted in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC) under the framework of the Botswana Exporter Development Programme (BEDP) and will feature modules such as “the Opportunity of Intra-African Trade, Getting your Business Ready for Export, Researching African Markets, Developing an African Market, Market Access Conditions, Financing Intra-African Trade as well as others on continental logistics and standards. AfCFTA is the continental trade deal finalised last year, seen as Africa’s single biggest economic game-changer.

In an interview, BITC CEO, Olebile Keletsositse told BusinessWeek that the organisation felt compelled to help build capacity for local industries in order to boost understanding and utilisation of the AfCFTA.

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