Support Ghana’s AfCFTA Secretariat bid – Ablakwa

The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region, 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) has been 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 role in ensuring African unity throughout the continent’s history and would like to continue in that role as far as the AfCFTA is concerned.

“We thought 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, the president 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 the 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.”

News Reporter

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