President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his administration is on the path of fulfilling several of the promises made to the Ghanaians in the run up to the 2016 elections.
Addressing members of the ghanaian community resident in France on monday, july 8 as a part of his official visit to that country, he indicated that in the last 2 and a half years in office, his government has fulfilled a considerable number of the promises made.
“We are 2 and a half years into a 4-year mandate, and what I continue to insist and tell the people of ghana is that, by the end of my mandate, they’ll see that I came to inform them the truth concerning what I wanted to do. I didn’t come to deceive anybody,” the President said.
He continued: “I know that my opponents will be saying something else, but that’s their right. God willing, on the 7th december 2020, the day of accountability, we will know who is telling the truth”.
Nana Akufo-Addo made these comments on the back of the announcement made by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union that ghana has been chosen as host country for the Secretariat of the African Continental free trade space (AfCFTA).
Describing the AfCFTA as “one of the most important things that the AU has done”, the President explained that Ghanaians who are resident in France for some time can appreciate the significance of what was achieved at the 12th AU Extraordinary Summit, held in niamey, the capital of Niger, on Sunday, 7th July, 2019.
“Maybe a number of the grey beards can bear in mind 30 years ago, at the start of the common market, what France was like, and what it’s like today… there’s no doubt concerning the large impact that the european Union has had on the lives of European people, in terms of increasing their economic circumstances, and that we believe that the African Continental free trade area goes to do the same for us,” he explained.
Nana Akufo-Addo was confident that the AfCFTA will “give us the opportunity to bring the 1.2 billion people on our continent into active play in developing our continent. we have to find a way of developing our continent ourselves. we have a tendency to can’t continue to depend on foreigners to develop our continent for us.”
The AfCFTA, he noted, will increase considerably intra-African trade, create many jobs for African youths, and help the continent develop its enterprises.
The siting of the AfCFTA Secretariat in ghana, in step with President Akufo-Addo, is a great chance for the country, particularly as ghana has been at the centre of pan-African matters.
“It goes to mean that all the ancillary activities of AfCFTA are going to be Accra- and Ghana-centered. it’s also a recognition of the contribution we have made to the struggle of pan-Africanism, and for the decolonization of the continent,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo also paid tribute to the late President John Evans Atta-Mills, who first moved the motion for the establishment of the Continental free trade space in 2011.
“Every country ought to have its goals and policies that it follows with success, 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,” the President noted.