Clergy drawn from 10 different religious denominations want the 44 countries who signed the Africa Continental Trade agreement to expedite its ratification that they say would help generate employment opportunities for the unemployed youth.
They said the move to open borders to free trade will favorably position Africa in the global economy.
Last week heads of state drawn from 44 countries in Africa signed a free trade agreement in Kigali Rwanda that is aimed at liberalizing the markets for goods and services across the continent in a bid to boost intra Africa trade.
Currently, intra-African trade accounts for about 13 percent of the total trade in the African continent.The clergy say the Africa Continental Trade agreement will help Africa become the production capital of the global south and position the continent to effectively participate in the global trade.
They urged African governments to invest more in infrastructure and enhance skills of their population to meet the needs of the 21st century global economy.