Tunji Adeyemi

Tunji Adeyemi

Senior Associate, Shipping, Aviation & International Trade, Banwo & Ighodalo - NIGERIA

Tunji is a Senior Associate in the Shipping, Aviation and International Trade Team of Banwo & Ighodalo - a top tier commercial law firm in Nigeria. As a pioneer member of the team, Tunji has worked on nearly all the Shipping and International Trade matters of the Firm. With his leadership and valuable contributions, the Firm was ranked a Tier 1 Shipping and Transport Firm in Nigeria in 2018, by the international legal directory, The Legal 500, a ranking which the Firm has retained till date. Tunji is a 2012 Dabelstein & Passehl Shipping Insurance Scholar (Hamburg, Germany), the only such Scholar to be selected from Sub-Saharan Africa in over twenty (20) years of the program. He also received recognition by the World Bank in 2018 & 2019 for his contributions to the Doing Business Report, the flagship publication of the World Bank that benchmarks business regulations in 190 countries. Tunji has advised several international shipping companies, offshore service operators, P&I Clubs, insurance companies, commodity traders, airlines, financial institutions including Bourbon, Cameron, Schlumberger, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Thome, Bumi Armada, Africa Export-Import Bank, HSBC, Investec Bank Plc, Glencore, Mocoh, MS Amlin, Swedish Club, Viking Air, HSBC, Abu Dhabi Aviation, BPI France and SINOSURE. His articles have been published in local and international professional outlets and he remains an astute professional whose expertise is continually well sought after in many market defining shipping and transport matters in Nigeria.

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Day 3 - Stream 1 April 14, 2021
8:30 am - 9:00 am

LEGAL ISSUES: Commencement of Trade in the African Continental Free Trade Area: Key Issues, Opportunities and Challenges


The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which was signed in 2018, has finally taken effect with the commencement of trade by Member States in the Trade Area on January 1, 2021. This Free Trade Area is currently the largest in the world and the World Bank asserts that the trade facilitation measures to be implemented thereto ‘‘will cut red tape and simplify customs procedures which will drive $292 billion of the $450 billion in potential income gains…while ushering in the kinds of deep reforms necessary to enhance long-term growth in African countries.” Thus, AfCFTA represents a unique opportunity for unprecedented international trade with attendant returns on investment. The presentation will therefore address the key issues, opportunities and challenges in the implementation of AfCFTA and its impact on international trade with African countries.