Rwanda’s lower house, Chamber of Deputies, on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill approving ratification of the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The bill also approved ratification of protocol on trade in goods, protocol on trade in services, and protocol on rules and procedures for settlement of disputes which were signed in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018. All the 60 lawmakers approved the bill, which will also go to Senate for approval. The treaty will come into effect after it is ratified by 22 countries.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa concluded his state visit to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, marking his first state visit outside Africa as Zimbabwean president since taking office last November. The five-day trip elevated the bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership, and cemented a wide range of agreements, covering infrastructure, agriculture, investment and industrial capacity building.