Rokel Commercial Bank’s Delegation Takes Part in Inter-African Trade Fair

Senior members of Rokel Commercial Bank, led by the Managing Director, Dr. Walton Gilpin, are participating in the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) in Egypt which commenced on the 9th November, 2023 and will end on the 15th November, 2023. The delegation also includes senior staff members from its sister bank, Sierra Leone Commercial Bank.

As a pivotal component of the African Union Agenda 2063, known as “The Africa We Want,” the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) unites 55 African countries, boasting a collective population of over 1.2 billion people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) exceeding US$2.5 trillion. This monumental endeavor positions the continent as the largest free trade area established since the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Consequently, this year’s IATF is regarded as the gateway into the AfCFTA and is poised to become the largest free trade area in the world.

The trade fair plays a significant role in supporting the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), promoting exports, and fortifying trade relations between Sierra Leone and the broader sub-region.

Under the theme, “Building Bridges for a Successful AfCFTA,” the trade fair places a strong emphasis on identifying growth opportunities for intra-African cross-border trade and investments.


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