Participants at the Africa Prosperity Dialogues call on Akufo-Addo to be champion of “free movement” in Africa

Participants at the event called on African countries to accelerate the ratification of the protocol on "free movement" to facilitate intra-Africa trade

Participants at the Africa Prosperity Dialogues on Friday (27 January 2023) have proposed that there is the need for the continent to have a leader to be a champion of “free movement” in Africa.

They highlighted the importance of the movement of business persons in the continent and expressed concerns on the slow progress on the ratification of the protocol on the movement of people in the continent.

It was observed that currently only four out of the 55 countries in Africa have ratified the Protocol.

The participants, therefore, called on African countries to accelerate the ratification of the protocol as well as the need for a Head of State to be a champion of the protocol.

Some participants, therefore, called on President Akufo-Addo to be that champion.

“I want to suggest to him [President Akufo-Addo], given that we do not have a champion on Free Movement, let my president be the champion on Free Movement. Let us have that commitment and to tell him when we meet him that he champions that. And before he become a champion, Ghana must ratify the Protocol on Free Movement,” Joseph Atta-Mensah, the principal policy advisor at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said.

They also called on the AfCFTA Secretariat to work closely with the Department of Health, Humanitarian and Social Affairs of the African Union Commission to develop a mechanism to facilitate the movement of business persons for the acceleration of the implement of the AfCFTA.

However, there should be also a mechanism including the use of technology, for security agencies to share vital information.

The Africa Prosperity Dialogues (Kwahu Summit) is a strategic platform where the movers and shakers of the African economy will elevate the AfCTA objectives from ambitions to real actions.

The three-day summit has been a one-of-a-kind event where African political and business leaders from diverse background have been gathering to discuss and share experiences on issues and initiatives required for Africa to achieve the goal of shared prosperity and shape the Africa Agenda for Action.

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