The 1991 Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (Abuja Treaty), under article 4(2)(I) stipulates that the gradual removal, among Member States, of obstacles to the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital and the right of residence and establishment is crucial for the promotion and attainment of economic, social and cultural development and integration of African economies. The treaty sets the stages in the establishment of the African Economic Community marked by, among other things, free movement of persons and the establishment of a free trade area. Similarly, African Union’s Agenda 2063, ‘the Africa We Want’ put as one of its flagship projects the operationalization of the African Passport and free movement of people and hence calling for the transformation of Africa’s laws which remain generally restrictive on movement of people. Aspiration 2 of Agenda 2063 on an ‘integrated continent, politically united and based on ideals of pan-Africanism’ sets free movement of persons within the RECs member states and at the continental level a waiver of all visa requirements for inter-Africa travel by 2018. Continental free trade area was similarly set to be operational by 2018.
With this backdrop, in 2018 the African Union negotiated two instruments on establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons. The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a continental agreement which was opened for signature during the AU Summit in Kigali in March 2018. The agreement, following the acquisition of the necessary number of ratifications, has entered into force on 1st January 2021 and became the world’s largest free trade block. The main objectives of the (AfCFTA) are to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments, and thus pave the way for accelerating the establishment of a continental customs union.
The 2018 revised Migration Policy Framework for Africa and its Plan of Action (MPFA) on its part states that the ‘’MPFA, the Free Movement protocol and the AfCFTA together signal a commitment to fully utilize and leverage socio-economic opportunities in Africa through mobility management to harness Africa’s development potential’’. Further articulating on this point the MPFA states that ‘’the movement of persons for trade, especially short-term migration, is becoming of increasing relevance. In this context, the implementation of the AfCFTA and the AU Free Movement Protocol should aid trade, continental integration and development’’.
Within this framework, the GIZ Migration Project is looking for an individual consultant who will undertake a scoping study on the interlinkages between and role in boosting intra-African trade and economic integration of the AU free Movement Protocol and the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement with the scope of work provided in below.
Tasks to be performed by the contractor
Having the above legal and policy frameworks as a guiding document the assignment will involve desk review, research and interview with relevant stakeholders. The assignment will involve the following steps:
Step 1: Mapping free movement of persons related provisions in the AfCFTA
Step 2: Analyse the role and relationship of AU Free Movement Protocol vis-à-vis sub-regional free movement regimes at the level of RECs towards boosting intra-African Trade and Economic Integration
Step 3: Develop guidelines and/or explanatory notes on free movement/labour related provisions in AfCFTA
Step 4: Formulate a road-map including key activities towards the entry in to force of the AU Free Movement Protocol and its subsequent implementation
Step 5: Final drafting, presentation and revision of the overall report.
How to apply:
GIZ AU intends to award a contract for the Support of the African Union on Migration and displacement project activity for Scoping Study on the Linkages between and role in Boosting Intra-Africa Trade and Economic Integration of AU Free Movement Protocol and the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.
Should you be interested in implementing the tasks, please send an email at the following address [email protected] with ref no. 83372870 to receive the TOR and tender documents:
The submission deadline to this tender is June 24, 2021 (date of receipt at GIZ) in English language.