History has been made in Kigali with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement which is for the creation of a continental market for the continent.
The AfCFTA brings together 1.2 billion people and it has a gross domestic product of US$2.5 million.
The AfCFTA has the potential to boost trade in Africa by 53 percent by eliminating import duties and non tariff barriers.
First to append his signature to the agreements comprising the free trade area, the free movement of people agreement and the Kigali Protocol was Rwanda and host President Mr Paul Kagame, who is the current AU chairperson.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa who made a huge mark in the preceding Business Forum on the eve of the launch was also among the first African leaders to endorse the launching of the African Free Trade Area.
South Africa, Angola, Mozambique are among the pioneers of the African Free Trade Area.
The number of signatories continued to rise throughout the day with most of the African countries expected to embrace this great stride on the African continent,
Dubbed the Champion of The African Free Trade Area, Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou urged member states to quickly ratify the free trade area agreement so that it takes effect by end of this year.
In his address at the launch President Kagame said Africa is prioritising trade in value added goods and outlined the advantages of an African free trade area as envisaged by the founding fathers like Kwame Nkrumah, Ahmed Ben Bella and others.