Akufo-Addo praises Atta-Mills for 2011 proposal of a free trade area
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Akufo-Addo praises Atta-Mills for 2011 proposal of a free trade area

- President Akufo-Addo has praised the late president Atta-Mills for proposing establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area in 2011

- The project would be a merger of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC).

- Information available suggests that it would be the continent's biggest trade bloc when formed

President Akufo-Addo has paid tribute to the late Professor John Evans Atta-Mills for calling for the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area in 2011.

Interacting with Ghanaians in Paris, the capital of France, he added that the call for a common market place in Africa is an important one.

“Every country should have its goals and policies that it follows successfully, leader after leader. When the national goals are set, all of us who come to occupy the seat of office should then be obliged to follow it,” he stated.

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YEN.com.gh understands that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), if formed, would be the continent’s biggest trading bloc.

It would be a merger of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Per a report by myjoyonline.com, 44 heads of state and governments of the African Union (AU), including Ghana, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, signed an agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, to establish the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

In addition, 45 members signed the protocol establishing the African Economic Community, the Free Movement of Persons and Right of Residence, while 43 member states signed the Kigali Declaration.

In another report, the national chairman of the New Patriotic Party, Freddie Blay, has revealed that plans for the Parliamentary chamber have not been aborted.

According to him, the edifice would be constructed in future even though plans for it are currently on hold.

He added that the government needs to team up with Parliament to strategise on the construction of the complex for the Legislature.

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Source: Yen Ghana

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