6. David A. Sanger, “Chile Is Admitted as North American Free Trade Partner,” New York Times, December 12, 1994, called April 30, 2011, www.nytimes.com/1994/12/12/world/chile-is-admitted-as-north-american-free-trade-partner.html. In March 2018, three separate agreements were signed at the 10th African Union extraordinary meeting on AfCFTA: the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the Kigali Declaration; and the protocol on the free movement of people. The Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons aims to create a visa-free zone within AfCFTA countries and to support the creation of the African Union passport.  At the Kigali Summit on 21 March 2018, 44 countries signed the AfCFTA, 47 signed the Kigali Declaration and 30 signed the protocol on the free movement of persons. Although a success, there were two remarkable holdouts: Nigeria and South Africa, the two largest economies in Africa.    The purpose of the agreement is to create a free trade area similar to that of NAFTA. For free trade advocates, CAFTA-DR is also seen as a springboard for the eventual creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTA) – the more ambitious grouping for a free trade agreement that would encompass all south American and Caribbean nations as well as North and Central American countries (except Cuba). Canada is currently negotiating a similar agreement called the Canada-Central America Free Trade Agreement.
It is likely that all the resulting agreements will have to reconcile the differences in rules and rules with NAFTA, as well as all other existing agreements.15 Among the pre-products for the creation of regional agreements are: The low standard of living in Chiapas and the Indian throughout Mexico remains a major challenge for the Mexican government. In the years following the Chiapas uprising, poverty in southern Mexico increased to about 40%, while poverty decreased in the North through closer economic relations with the United States.84 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, “Fast Facts: North American Free Trade Agreement,” December 15, 2009, called December 30, 2010 www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/nafta-alena/fast_facts-faits_saillants.aspx?lang=eng.