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Trade Deals Help Peace in Africa

A recent report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said that trade deals can help economic integration and lessen conflicts. 

Ms. Hanan Morsy, the Deputy Executive Secretary of UNECA, talked about the UNECA-commissioned research about "Realizing the Triple Nexus and Trade: Towards A New Agenda for Africa,". The findings of the survey shows that trade helps fight fragility and facilitates transition from conflict to peace, she concluded.

At the opening of Inaugural African Union Policy Conference on Promoting the Peace, Security, and Development Nexus, in Morocco, she said UNECA's study helps us identify resource requirements and prioritize corrective techniques in areas that deal with conflicts. Mr. Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s foreign affairs minister stressed on several strategies for maintaining peace and security in Africa as a prerequisite for development.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed, asked attendees of the inauguration to work on measures for execution of sustainable development and humanitarian-development-peace nexus in the continent. She also said we need to promote mechanisms to avoid conflicts, take advantage of the presence of women to attain peace, and execute joint measures for humanitarian and development plans. 

In this regard, Mr. Albert Muchanga, the African Union Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry and Minerals, pointed out that integrated economies play a big role to sustain peace and security in Africa. 

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By Samira Ha. on November 1, 2022

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