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African leaders, including President Museveni, met last weekend in an effort that pushed forward proposals to bring together more than half a billion consumers from Cape Town to Cairo into a free trade area.
The second tripartite summit brought together heads of state from the Southern Africa Development Community, the East African Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa trade blocs. The first summit of this nature was held about three years ago in October 2008. The free trade area that encompasses 26 countries and about 600 million people would initially be limited to the trade in goods.
One of Africa's economic challenges lies in its …