South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called on all Africans to work together, and promote intercontinental trade amidst violent xenophobic attacks in the country.
Mboweni was speaking at the World Economic Forum held in Cape Town, where he was standing in for President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This comes at a time when the country is ravaged by violent xenophobic attacks, which have seen the South African embassy in the Nigerian city of Lagos came under attack.
Mboweni however urged South Africans to maintain peace, and charged that SA stands to benefit far more from the Africa Intercontinental Free Trade Agreement.
“The fact that the African leadership has now signed in large numbers, the African Intercontinental Free Trade agreement is a good start. I would hope that our leadership lead in popularising this agreement within the different countries. I hope that this will be understood by every business person, trader and particularly by every border post official,” said Mboweni.