Senior members of the Rokel Commercial Bank Bank including the Managing Director, Dr. Walton Gilpin are in Egypt to attend an Intra-African Trade Fair (IAFT) scheduled that will run from 9th -15th November 2023. Senior staff members from, its sister bank, the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank were also part of the Sierra Leone delegation.

As a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063 dubbed "The Africa We Want" the Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) brings together 55 African countries with a combined population of more than 1.2 billion people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) exceeding US$2.5 trillion, making the continent the

largest free trade area created since the formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Thus, this year's IATF is regarded as a gateway into the AfCFTA, and will potentially become the biggest free trade in the world.

The trade fair also supports the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area ( AfCFTA), promote export and also strengthen trade relations between Sierra Leone and the sub-region.

The theme for the trade fair, “Building Bridges for a successful AfCFTA”, lays empjasis on recognizing growth opportunities for Intra-African cross border trade and investments.

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