Namibia is the youngest country to ratify the TFTA agreement and today the country`s High Commissioner in Zambia, Siyave Haindongo, tabled the ratification instrument to the chair of the tripartite task force Chilishe Kapwepwe, the secretary of COMESA. The tripartite vision is to improve the economic and social well-being of the citizens of the COMESA-EAC-SADC region by encouraging regional economic growth by creating an environment to support regional trade. The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) is a draft free trade agreement between the Common Market for East Africa and South Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (CDAA) and the East African Community (EAC).  This approach is based on the complementarity between trade liberalization, competitive industrial production and infrastructure development. The tripartite strategy aims to achieve economic growth by reducing barriers to trade (tariff and non-tariff). The strategy includes the implementation of programs to create and implement the tripartite free trade area, the harmonization and implementation of trade and transport facilitation measures, and the design and implementation of trade support infrastructure. The launch of the TFTA has not been as high-profile as the ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Taking into account tfTA members` total exports of $145 billion (or 1 per cent of world exports) and merchandise imports of $211 billion (or 1.5% of world imports) in 2014, the new open free trade area is not considered likely to have a significant impact on the nature of the global trading system. , at least in the short term, as both partnerships expect. Lusaka, Tuesday, February 25, 2020: The implementation of the tripartite free trade agreement is now in sight after an increase in the number of countries that will ratify and ratify the agreement.
Eight countries have ratified the agreement to date and there are six left to reach the required threshold of 14 for the agreement to enter into force. However, the TFTA is seen by regional policy makers and some analysts as a great thing and potentially a change for the African trading system and the more than half a billion citizens of the Member States. Indeed, the agreement should be the launching pad for the even more ambitious continental free trade area, which will cover all of Africa. The launch highlighted the possibility of collective action between 26 very heterogeneous countries (for example). B with a PER capita GDP of nearly $16,000 in Seychelles up to $270) and shows the possibility of harmonizing three very different preferential trade regimes in a single system. In early August 2015, Kenyan President H. E. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta met with his Ugandan counterpart H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to discuss a number of issues, including improving trade relations between the two countries. Uganda deplored the delay in issuing Ugandan sugar import permits to Kenya by the Kenya Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AA). Unfortunately, government cooperation sometimes leads to suspicions within citizenship – and a real risk – that human rights, including the right to privacy, may be violated.
The TFTA has an annex on trade and customs cooperation, but none on security issues.