Africa is among the world's most dynamic economic regions. Since 54 of 55 African Union members signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in March 2018, diligent work is being undertake to develop this continent-wide free trade area that aims to harmonize trade and services across the continent.
ANSI and its U.S. government and private sector partners conduct strategic activities in Africa to enhance the U.S. position in trade-related discussions, and to ensure a U.S.-friendly implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). To accomplish this, ANSI engages its African partners at the continental, regional, national, and sub-national levels. This includes cooperative activities with the Pan African Quality Institutions (PAQI), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), national standards bodies (NSBs), as well as other government and non-government organizations.