African leaders meet in Sandton
By Lelethu Mquqo
12 June 2011
President Jacob Zuma says an African Free Trade Area, being discussed by 24 African leaders in Sandton today, will ensure that African countries trade with each other on better terms.
But he warns that removing barriers to intra-African trade will in themselves not lead to the realisation of the continent’s full potential for growth and development.
Zuma wants interventions to simultaneously be designed that will fully take advantage of more open regional markets.
Meanwhile, despite talks continuing until late into the night, Southern African leaders could not conclude their deliberations on Zimbabwe in Sandton.
The leaders are due to review a progress report by President Jacob Zuma, assigned by SADC to facilitate the inter-party talks in Zimbabwe.