More than 85% of Africa's total exports are bound for markets outside the continent. This is starkly different from other parts of the world, where most exports are within the same region. Through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement — the world's biggest free-trade pact by number of countries (54) — African states aim to boost economic integration by lowering or eliminating tariffs on 90% of goods and services. Negotiations on competition, investment, and intellectual property rights are still underway. The first commercial deal under the pact is set to take place in 2021.