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Sierra Leone envoy in Ghana meets AfCFTA scribe

By Princetta Williams, Information Attaché, Accra, Ghana

Sierra Leone's High Commissioner to Ghana has engage the Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Wamkele Mene on the need to include Sierra Leone and its citizenry in the implementation of the secretariat activities, as well as serving in different positions at the Secretariat.

Speaking during a courtesy call, Francess Virginia Anderson thanked the AfCFTA scribe for the opportunity given to her team and pledged her assurance and support, while looking forward to the involvement of Sierra Leonean trade practitioners in activities of the organization.

She spoke about the importance of establishing electronic structures that would enable Sierra Leone trade under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, ongoing negotiations on trade and Services, as well as how the country’s private sector practitioners can partake in it.

The High Commissioner called for support from the Secretariat in popularizing the AfCFTA through appropriate messages to Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Responding, Secretary General of AfCFTA, Wamkele Mene commended the High Commissioner and her team and praised Sierra Leone as a country for been one of the pioneering countries to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

He stated that the ratification signifies the seriousness Sierra Leone has attached to the Agreement.

He said in promoting trade, Africa as a continent needs to prioritize women in trade, young Africans and Small Medium Enterprises as according to him, such move will help smaller countries in Africa compete with those already having industrial facilities which effects will later be seen on SME’s in Africa.

His Excellency Mene noted that women and Young Africans should really see the benefits of using digital Platforms, which makes trade cheaper, more effective, and affordable.

He noted that even though Heads of States had played their own parts by leading it, it was up to Africans to push for the full implementation of the agreement.

He called on African states to work with member states in ensuring the agreements signed are implemented for critical benefit, which will position Africa as a destination for Investments.

“We as Africans must not be complacent and should not be concerned if countries in the continent ratify the Agreement at the different times because every country operates differently,” he said.

The AfCFTA scribe assured of his secretariat commitment to see how funds can be provided to countries in support of national trade and Industrial developments.

The African Continental Free Trade Area is a free trade area created by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, founded on March 21, 2018 with a key objective of creating a continental market for goods and services with free movement of people and capital.

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