November 10, 2020
MoTI, GEPA To Hold AfCFTA Conferences Nationwide
Regional conferences on the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement and the National Export Development Strategy are expected to be held across Ghana.
The conferences are to be held throughout the month of November 2020, statement made available to African Entertainment by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), says.
This comes on the heels of the National Conference held at the Accra International Conference Centre from October 20th – 21st 2020.
The National Conference was opened by President Akufo-Addo with Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the AfCFTA attending the event as Special Guest.
According to the statement, the regional conferences are being organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), GEPA, and the National AfCFTA Coordination Office with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana Standards Authority, Food & Drugs Authority, Ghana Eximbank, Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs as supporting institutions and Stanbic Bank as Sponsor.
The first Regional Conference, according to the statement, is billed for the Ashanti Region and will take place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Adum, Kumasi on Tuesday November 10, 2020. The Kumasi conference will be opened by Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, with Nana Dr. Baffour Ossei Hyeaman Brantuo VI, Mawerehene of Asantehene, His Royal Highness Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as Guest Speaker.
Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, Deputy Minister for Trade & Industry will give the keynote address on the conference theme: “Empowering Ghanaian Businesses to harness the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement under the framework of the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS)”, the statement revealed
The objective of the regional conferences, it said, was to sensitize relevant stakeholders from the private and public sectors, especially Ghanaian businesses in the various regions, about export development interventions aimed at empowering the private sector.
“The regional events are intended to be a lot more interactive with the aim of engaging the private sector to enable them appreciate existing opportunities within the newly launched National Export Development Strategy, and how they can effectively access opportunities within the AfCFTA. Representatives from the Exporter Community, Private Business Owners, Senior Public Service Officials, Private Sector Representatives in the Regions, Development Partners and the Media are expected to actively participate in these regional discussions,” the statement indicated.
“The month of November has been dedicated to these roadshows to ensure that business communities in all 16 Regions appreciate the relevance and impact of AfCFTA on their businesses and how the National Export Development Strategy is positioned to empower the private sector access the African market through interventions in export.”
“The AfCFTA/NEDS sensitization train is expected to stop-over in all fifteen (15) regions following the National Conference in Accra as trading under the AfCFTA is scheduled to begin on January 1st, 2021. Watch out for when the Regional Conference makes a stop in your region,” it said.
“The first National Conference on AfCFTA was organised by Government in August 2019, followed by the second in October 2020 where the National Export Development Strategy was launched.”