|Official Name||People's Democratic Republic of Algeria|
|Location||Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia|
|Area||total: 2,381,740 sq km land: 2,381,740 sq km water: 0 sq km|
|Climate||arid to semiarid; mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer|
|Terrain||mostly high plateau and desert; some mountains; narrow, discontinuous coastal plain|
GAFTA is supervised and run by the Arab Economic Council in the Arab League. GAFTA has a high income, population, and area and has significant resources available. The Greater Arab Free Trade Area was a project adopted in 1997, when 17 Arab League members agreed on decreasing the customs on local production and to make an Arab Free Zone for exports and imports between members.
The preferential trade exchange agreement includes the customs exemption of 2,000 items traded between the countries, which is expected to reduce smuggling. "It will push forward trade between both countries and intensify joint investments," said Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi.
Formed with the idea in mind to accelerate the process of integrating the continent to enable it to play its role in the global economy, while addressing multifacted social, economic and political problems that are compounded by negative aspects of globalization.