The general objectives of the agreement are: Several committees have been established for trade in goods, trade in services, rules of origin, trade measures, non-tariff barriers, technical barriers to trade, and sanitary and phytosanitary measures.  Dispute settlement rules and procedures are still under negotiation, but they likely involve the appointment of a dispute settlement body.  The Committee of Senior Trade Officials implements the Council`s decisions. The Committee is responsible for developing programmes and action plans for the implementation of the AfCFTA agreement.  Free trade agreements provide a mechanism to facilitate trade in goods. Each agreement contains information and links to relevant legislation, guidelines and communications concerning rules of origin and access to preferential rates. At that summit, Benin and Nigeria signed the agreement, so Eritrea is the only African State not to be part of this agreement; In the meantime, Eritrea has applied to accede to the agreement. Gabon and Equatorial Guinea also deposited their ratifications at the summit. At the time of launch, there were 27 states that had ratified the agreement.
    In March 2018, at the 10th Extraordinary Session of the African Union on the AfCFTA, three separate agreements were signed: the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the Kigali Declaration; and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons. The Protocol on Free Movement aims to create a visa-free zone within the AfCFTA countries and to support the creation of the African Union passport.  At the Kigali Summit on March 3, 2018, 44 countries signed the AfCFTA, 47 the Kigali Declaration, and 30 the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons. . . .