On June 29, 2010, China and Taiwan signed the Framework Agreement for Economic Cooperation (ECFA), a preferential trade agreement between the two governments aimed at reducing tariffs and trade barriers between the two sides. It is the most important agreement since the separation of the two countries at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.34 It will boost the current bilateral trade of $110 billion between the two sides. China absorbed Hong Kong as early as 1999, after the end of the century-old lease to Britain. While Hong Kong is now managed by China as a Special Administrative Region (SAR), it continues to enjoy special economic status. China is working to ensure that Hong Kong and Taiwan serve as a gateway to its huge market. Taiwan`s motivation for signing the agreement was largely an attempt to induce China to stop pressuring other countries to sign trade agreements.35 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA)  is a free trade area that has 28 countries as of 2018.     It was created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement between 54 of the 55 nations of the African Union.  The free trade area is the largest in the world in terms of the number of participating countries since the creation of the World Trade Organization.  Accra, Ghana, is the secretariat of the AFCFTA and was mandated in Accra on August 18, 2020 by the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo Addo, in Accra and handed over to the AU. Many Central European nations have left CEFTA to become members of the EU. Indeed, CEFTA has served as preparation for full EU membership and much of CEFTA`s external trade is with EU countries. Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU on 1 22 19. Andzej Arendarski, Ludovit Cernak, Vladimir Dlouhy and Bela Kadar, „Central European Free Trade Agreement“, 22 19.
Andzej Arendarski, Ludovit Cernak, Vladimir Dlouhy and Bela Kadar, „Central European Free Trade Agreement“, 21 December 1992, www.worldtradelaw.net/fta/agreements/cefta.pdf. Overall, global companies have benefited from regional trade agreements by adopting more uniform criteria for investment and trade and by reducing barriers to entry. Companies that choose to produce in one country find it easier and cheaper to move goods between member states in that trading bloc without imposing additional tariffs or rules. The EU is implementing seven Economic Partnership Agreements with 32 partners, including 14 in Africa. The main objective of epas is to use trade and investment for sustainable development. The content of the agenda will be broadened, with agreements covering new topics such as services and investment. In March 2018, at the 10th Extraordinary Meeting of the African Union on the AfCFTA, three separate agreements were signed: the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the Kigali Declaration; and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons. The Protocol on Free Movement aims to create a visa-free zone within the AfCFTA countries and to support the creation of the African Union passport.
 At the Kigali Summit on March 21, 2018, 44 countries signed the AfCFTA, 47 the Kigali Declaration and 30 the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons. Although it was a success, there were two notable holdouts: Nigeria and South Africa, The two largest economies in Africa.    Due to the connection with the Pacific Ocean, this geographical grouping includes the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Russia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia with their counterparts in the Asia-Pacific region.33 This selection of economies and cultures has sometimes given rise to interesting and lively discussions. . . .