President George Weah has welcomed Ghana’s bid to host the secretariat of the Continental Free Trade Area.
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 52 of the 55 African Union nations. The free-trade area is the largest in the world in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization.
Speaking when a high power foreign ministry delegation from Ghana paid a courtesy visit on Monday, the Liberian leader said such secretariat will further boost trade in the region. He said it is about time Africa became more robust and do more in strengthening economic related trade on the continent.
Also speaking during the brief meeting, the head of the Ghanaian delegation, Alan Kyerematen praised president Weah for his level of leadership which he said is helping to gradually strengthen the Country’s growing democracy.
Mr. Kyerematen said, Ghana a as part of the seven African nations biding for the secretariat is ready to host the “AFCFTA” because it has the political will, strategically located with skills individuals including a stable economy.
Minister Kyerematen said Ghana has over the period played a key role in the process leading to a free trade market on the continent dating back as far as 2012 among others.
He said the West African nation also has all the necessary infrastructures already available in place to host the secretariat and has met and fulfilled all requirements among member states to host such secretariat.
Egypt, Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Senegal and other West African nations have abandoned their intentions to bid due to Ghana’s interest to host such secretariat.
In related development, the Liberian leader has promised to build a modern market for the people of Old Road in thirty-one days. He said plan for the structure is well in place as the commencement of the project will start soon. He urged the marketers to help maintain the facilities and to stay in them and stop selling in the streets. The market project when completed late July will be the second of its kind by the Liberian leader in less than four months.