Trade Agreement Nigeria
At the time, the Nigerian government stressed that its non-participation was a delay and not a withdrawal, and promised to sign the agreement soon.  As previously pointed out by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian government intended to continue to consult with local companies in order to obtain private sector agreement.  When it enters into force, the AfCFTA aims to create a domestic market for goods and services in Africa. By 2030, the market size across the continent is expected to reach 1.7 billion people, with more than $6.7 trillion in cumulative consumer and business spending – if all African countries join the agreement. Despite these prospects and Nigeria`s positive attitude toward the outside world, the country remains an important red flag for free trade hopes across the continent. Nigeria has ratified the free trade agreement which on 1 January 2021 will enter into force. The agreement was negotiated by the African Union (AU) and signed by 44 of its 55 member states in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 21, 2018.   The agreement first obliges members to withdraw tariffs on 90% of goods in order to allow free access to goods, goods and services across the continent.  The UN Economic Commission for Africa estimates that the agreement will increase intra-African trade by 52% by 2022.  The proposal is expected to enter into force 30 days after ratification by 22 signatory states.
 On 2 April 2019, The Gambia became the 22nd State to ratify the Convention and on 29 April, the Saharawi Republic deposited the 22nd instrument of ratification; The agreement entered into force on 30 May and entered its operational phase after a summit on 7 July 2019.  In 2000, Nigeria and the United States signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). . . .