First Africa Prosperity Dialogue ends with commitment to accelerate AfCFTA implementation.

Africa Prosperity Dialogue ends with commitment to accelerate AfCFTA implementation

February 3, 2023
Kwahu Africa Dialogue Summit

The Africa Dialogue Summit was convened in Ghana from 26-28

The maiden edition of the Africa Prosperity Dialogues, dubbed the “Kwahu Summit”, convened in Ghana from 26-28 January, ended with the adoption of a business and policy leaders Compact to fast-track implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement as a development accelerator for Africa’s prosperity. 

“Africa can walk away from economies that are only based on raw material extraction, to those that are driven by higher productivity, industrialization, and regional value chains’, said Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, at the opening of the Summit. 

Under the theme: “AfCFTA: From Ambition to Action, Delivering Prosperity through Continental Trade,” the three-day event was organized by Ghana’s Africa Prosperity Network, and the AfCFTA Secretariat with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre.   

“We want to trade on the basis of rules, to have market certainty, predictability and ensure we reach the objectives of the AfCFTA, and double intra-Africa trade by 2035”, stated H.E. Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General of the AfCFTA Secretariat, emphasizing that the instruments to facilitate trade under the AfCFTA were ready for use and encouraging businesses to kickstart trade in earnest. 

Mr. Stephen Karingi, Director of Regional Integration and Trade at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) noted that “Africa is ready to turn the promises of the AfCFTA to reality, and ECA will be there all the way.”

Inadequate infrastructure (transport, communications, energy, information technology), weak trade facilitation processes, access to finance, and free movement of persons were identified as priority issues to advance manifestation of the AfCFTA.