For Immediate Release
Joint Press Statement
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly in partnership with the organizers of the Ghana International Trade and Finance Conference (GITFIC) and the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) is organizing a seminar on Africa Continental Free Trade Area in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday 9th February 2020.
It may be recalled that Accra was officially declared the Commercial Capital of Africa by virtue of the fact that the Headquarters of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is situated in the heart of Accra.
This was done on behalf of H.E the President by the Senior Minister, Hon. Ing. Yaw Osafo –Marfo, at the 4th Ghana International Trade and Finance Conference on the 27th and 28th October, 2020.
The declaration saw some Industry Giants join the Senior Minister, the Mayor of Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of GITFIC and AGI on stage for the unveiling of the LOGO.
As charged by the Senior Minister of the Republic of Ghana, this golden opportunity was not to be limited to Accra alone, as has always been the case, but must be extended to the Business Communities in the various Regions.
The Private sector is largely expected to drive the AfCFTA as has been said several times by Heads of States, Appointees and the Continental Community. GITFIC has for the past 5 years proved its ability to bring together Business Executives, policy makers and subject matter experts from all over Africa and the world to throw more light on the existing opportunities in the African continent and notably how to turn words into action.
COMPOSITION OF PANELISTS FOR THE SEMINAR:
The panel of experts for the seminar will be composed as follows:
i. Trade negotiator (Angola)- will explain to participants the entire scope of the AfCFTA, Expectation and the opportunities the AfCFTA brings to the general Tracking community.
ii. Ghana International Trade Commission (Executive Secretary)- will explain to participants the mandate of GITC and how GITC will play to their advantage during implementation in terms of Unfair Trade, Dumping and anti-dumping.
iii. Customs Division of GRA (in charge of AfCFTA) (Assist. Commissioner)- will speak to participants on the Rules of Origin and how goods can be easily moved across the Continent during Implementation.
iv. Chief Immigration Officer (in Charge of AfCFTA) – will explain to participants how Services and Labor can move easily across the Continent during implementation.
v. Finance and Trade- Finance (in Charge of FINTECH-BoG) – will explain to participants the payment platforms expected to facilitate trade and the available instruments for financing their Trading Activities.
The Theme and details for the Seminar is as follows;
Theme: “Optimizing AfCFTA for Ghanaians; sensitizing all the Regional Business Communities in sync with the opportunities”.
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi
Time: 10am prompt – 3pm prompt
Date: 9th February, 2021
For registration and participation, the following persons can be contacted:
GITFIC: Ms. Jennifer Asare- +233 303 20 90 55
KMA: Madam Afia Konadu- +233 544 70 66 37
Every Company, Business both Big/Medium/Small is encouraged to register to attend this all important seminar.
Issued in Kumasi on this 12th day of January, 2021
All Covid-19 protocols will strictly be adhered to during the seminar.
Henrietta Afia Konadu Aboagye
Public Relations Officer- KMA