GHANA SEEKs ECOWAS SUPPORT TO HOST AFCFTA

BY Oleka Reporters

Ahead of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the Ghanaian government is soliciting the support of ECOWAS Parliament to ensure cooperation and galvanize support for the proposed continental free trade initiative, in its capital, Accra.

Ghanaian minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, made the appeal at the ongoing ECOWAS Parliament Delocalized joint Committee Meeting in Accra, Ghana.

She said, as part of effort to promote Africa’s unity, its government has decided to host the Secretariat of the AfCFTA. in Accra the capital of Ghana.

Mrs Shirley Botchwey recalled the important roles Ghana played in the formation of OAU, now AU, decrying however that, despite these efforts, Ghana is yet to host any organ or agency of the African Union.

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It will interest you to know that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a planned free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 49 of the 55 African Union nations, if the agreement is ratified, the free-trade area will be the largest in the world in terms of participating countries, since the formation of the World Trade Organisation.

The agreement when rectified requires members to remove tariffs from 90% of goods, by allowing free access to commodities, goods, and services across the continent.

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