Ministry of Labour representatives from all the 55 African Union (AU) Member States, as well as Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), will converge in Nairobi from 10-12 July, for a symposium to establish a roadmap to promote the right of African migrant workers to move, reside and work freely within the continent.

Intra-Africa Trade received a boost with the launch of a $1-billion South Africa-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme (SATIPP) in Sandton. SATIPP is a joint programme launched by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC).  The two organisations signed a cooperation agreement in march this year and SATIPP is being launched under this arrangement. The $1-billion financing programme will promote and expand trade and investments between South Africa and the rest of Africa.