The Upper East Regional Minister, Hon. Stephen Yakubu has called for collaboration among various sectors of the economy for productive and realistic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to benefit the continent.
He said the various sectors of the economy, especially the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, for instance, also needed capacity building to help them appreciate the laws that work across the sub-region.
The Minister said this when the National African Peer Review Mechanism- Governing Council (NAPRM-GC) led by its Chairman, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante called on him as part of their working visit to region.
Hon Yakubu used the opportunity to urge the sub-regional leaders to quicken the necessary steps towards the realization of one currency to boost trade and ensure immigration laws were respected to validate the aspect of free movement of people.
Most Rev Prof Asante, who later addressed stakeholders in the region, said the NAPRM-GC was enjoined to fashion out concrete strategic policies and procedures in the right mix to support the productive and corporate governance capacity of business centres to take full advantage of the AfCFTA.
He said if the strategic policies were followed well with much precision, it would significantly contribute to Africa trade and the much anticipated Ghana’s industrialization agenda and the Africa Continent as a whole.
Most Rev. Prof Asante said the aim of the review was to under take in-depth examination, group analysis and to find solution to key corporate governance and intra – African trade issues to facilitate the effective and efficient implementation of Continental Free Trade Area in Ghana.
He added that African Peer Review Mechanism was facilitating eight regional level engagement for the Targeted Review Mission team namely Upper East, Northern, Bono-East and Ashanti in the Northern sector and Volta, Eastern, Central and Western Region in the southern sector of Ghana.