Support Ghana’s bid to host AfCFTA Secretariat – Ablakwa
Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has called for support for the Akufo-Addo-led government in its bid for Ghana to host the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat…
Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has called for support for the Akufo-Addo-led government in its bid for Ghana to host the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat.
A Fact-Finding Delegation of the African Continental Free Trade Area of the African Union (AU) is in the country to assess Ghana’s readiness to host the Secretariat.
Speaking to the delegation at the Jubilee House when they paid a courtesy call on him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said Ghana stands ready to host the AfCFTA Secretariat.
He said Ghana has played a very active part on the African Continent in ensuring its unity throughout the history of the continent and would like to continue in that role as far as the AfCFTA is concerned.
“We taught that it will be meaningful also, because we have the facilities, to offer our capital as the site of the secretariat of the trade area now that it is legally a reality” Nana Akufo-Addo said.
Nana Akufo-Addo, recalled how it was former President John Evans Atta Mills, who moved the motion for the adoption of the continental free trade concept and that, he said, demonstrates Ghana’s systematic involvement in the AfCFTA.
“We believe we have the facilities here to be able to provide an efficient centre for the work of the Secretariat and above all, I think it is time AU itself did something to recognise Ghana’s sacrifices and role and moves that have been made in bringing us all together” the President stated.
Mr Ablakwa in a Facebook post called for support for the government for Ghana to host the Secretariat.
The lawmaker said: “With an AU Africa Continental Free Trade Area delegation in town, I reckon it’s the most opportune moment to declare our full support for the government of Ghana’s bid to host the secretariat of this game-changing initiative that holds so much promise for the economic transformation of the African continent.
“We should make clear to the panel that all facets of the Ghanaian political landscape are firmly behind Ghana’s bid.
“We do hope that Ghana’s towering Pan-African credentials and the undeniable fact that Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah had long advocated such an intervention will all together put us in good stead ahead of the other six competing nations.”
Ghana is one of the 52 out of the 54 African countries that have ratified the AfCFTA agreement. The agreement creates a single market for goods and services facilitated by the free movement of persons in order to deepen the economic interest of the African continent in accordance with the pan African vision. African heads and governments in 2012 agreed to the establishment of a continental free trade but only started negotiations in 2015. Expected to be signed by all the 55-member states of the African Union, the agreement will bring 1.2 billion people with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of more than $2 trillion. The agreement will also liberalise services and aims to tackle so-called “non-tariff barriers” which hamper trade between African countries, such as long delays at the border. This will eventually ensure free movement of people and possibly a single currency could become part of the free trade area.