The number of women predicted to be face genital mutilation in the world each year could rise to 4.6 million by 2030.
Diverse African economies such as South Africa and Egypt, are likely to be the drivers of the free trade area, and are likely to benefit from it the most.
844 million people in the world many of them in sub-Saharan Africa still dont have access to improved and safely managed drinking water sources.
In Sub-Saharan Africa about 90% of the urban population does not have access to a sewer system.
The decline in living standards has occurred despite the extension of social grants to two million more recipients in the past five years.