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Antwi-Danso: Speeding up integration crucial to success of AfCFTA

Appearing on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (31 July), Antwi-Danso said Africa must act now to avoid losing out in terms of trade

The dean of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Vladimir Antwi-Danso, has called on African countries to fast track the process of integration to ensure the success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The AfCFTA is a high ambition trade agreement, which is aimed at free trade among Africa’s 55 countries and nearly 1.4 billion, allowing, ultimately for the free movement of people, goods and services among member states.

Antwi-Danso argues that the lack of unity among African countries is preventing the continent from dealing with the West in a manner that will inure to its benefit.

Appearing on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (31 July), Antwi-Danso said Africa must act now to avoid losing out in terms of trade.

“I believe what we should be doing now is to speed up the process of integration,” he said. “I tell you the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) can only hold itself if we are united.”

“If we are not united, forget about it, because Africa trades amongst itself horizontally only 14% and we trade with the North 86%.

“So, with such a situation, South -South cooperation is not strong and it is something we have been holding onto since the 70s and we need to do that strongly and use the leverage to develop our own resources,” Antwi-Danso said.

Listen to Prof Vladimir Antwi-Danso in the attached audio clip below:

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

 

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