MPs Applaud AfCFTA Secretariat In Ghana

The Parliament of Ghana

The
Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, appeared in Parliament on
Thursday to brief parliamentarians on the right given to Ghana to host the Secretariat
of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which was received with
huge applause from both sides of the House.

Members
of Parliament (MPs) from the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Majority
New Patriotic Party (NPP) were unanimous in praising the President, Nana Ado
Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the Minister of Trade for working so hard to get the Secretariat
sited in Ghana, which they said would bring huge economic gains to the nation.

The
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, was particularly appreciative of the efforts of
the Minister of Trade, whom he described as a man with wide international
acceptability within the trade area.

He
said with the hosting of the Secretariat, Ghana must be careful and strengthen
its local trade laws to protect local industries.

The  NDC MP for North Tongu and ranking member of
the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said the
AfCFTA was the beginning of making Africa more powerful economically and would
definitely improve the economies of the various African countries who had
signed on to the agreement.

For
his part, the Minister of Trade said seven countries including Ghana bid for
the hosting of the Secretariat but three nations withdrew their bids and threw
their weight behind Ghana’s bid.

The
six other nations were Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Egypt, Madagascar and Eswatini,
but Senegal, Ethiopia and Egypt withdrew and supported Ghana’s bid.

“Mr
Speaker, Ghana should leverage the opportunity of hosting the AfCFTA
Secretariat to become the new commercial capital of Africa, a regional trade
hub and economic epic-centre and the new gateway to the continent,” the
minister said, stressing that a national AfCFTA coordinating office is being established at the Ministry of Trade to act as a
one-stop facilitation centre and information hub which would be staffed and
operated in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of
Finance.

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