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AfCFTA, Jobs and Youth

The total African labour force is expected to reach 1 billion by 2030. This means that job creation is a major challenge for the African continent. It is estimated that one third of young people can’t currently find work.

Because of a particularly rapidly growing population, the situation is especially acute in East Africa. The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) estimates that the Continental Free Trade Area will help create up to 2 million new jobs in East Africa, particularly in the manufacturing, agro-processing and textile sectors.

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