By Maxwell Obiri-Yeboah
The Minister for Information yesterday welcomed a ten-member delegation from the Continental Free Trade Area (CTFA) within the African Union to access Ghana’s preparedness in bidding for the Economic Secretariat which is yet to be constructed.
The CTFA Secretariat bid is going to establish the Headquarters of the African Free Trade in one of its member countries. It is currently been lobbied for by seven countries namely; Ghana, Kenya, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Senegal, Egypt and Madagascar.
The CFTA, which is mandated to promote Africa’s growth and economic development by championing citizens’ inclusion and increased cooperation and integration of African member States was formed in the year 2018.
Speaking at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the Minister for Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who received the delegates on behalf of the president said that Ghana would be the headquarters of the entire CTFA organization, if the country is to win this bid.
He emphasized that it would put the country at the forefront of the continent’s economic agenda and also bring forth hundreds of jobs into the country.
The Information Minister gave an assurance that this chance in the near future is going to promote trade and tourism amongst member States and the world at large, because business and trade has been a topmost priority of the AU.
The emissary, headed by Ugandan Ambassador, Rosette Nyirinkindi Nkatungye, is going to spend about a week touring identified places and inspecting facilities to acknowledge if Ghana has what it takes to have a world class trade center.
“This is going to be one of the most significant of our AU agenda 2063 flagship project and so we are look forward to working with Ghana to see how best we can assist and validate that, what we are searching for will be offered the continent,” Madam Nkatungye iterated.
Mr. Nkrumah confirmed that the team is here to inspect the country’s office, residential infrastructure, education and medical facilities to ascertain if they are of good quality that the CTFA requires to hand such a position to a member state to handle.
The Information Minister continued that the AU has considered Ghana’s bid because for many years, “Ghana has been championing the continent’s liberation, free trade and economic development”.