JOHANNESBURG - South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the G7 and Africa Partnership meet in France, where he lauded the important African recent milestone that saw 55 countries adopting a free trade area.
Acknowleging the host, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other heads of state, Ramaphosa said: "This Summit’s focus on reducing inequality is particularly relevant for the G7 and Africa Partnership, because of the severe inequality between the countries of Africa and developed nations, and also because of the levels of inequality within Africa.
"Inequality is detrimental to growth and development, and peace and security. I would like to commend the leaders of the G7 for seeking to reorient its relationship with Africa to tackle these challenges."
Speaking on Sunday, the SA president said Africa has reached an important milestone with the adoption by 55 countries of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA).
"This free trade area is now the largest on the globe, bringing together 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion."