Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has challenged the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, headquartered in Accra, to move quickly and implement an open skies policy for member states to ease travels and boost trade on the continent.
Bawumia noted that easing air travel restrictions is key to realising the full benefits of the AfCFTA among member states.
“Africans don’t want to see this (AfCFTA) as a paper oncI again signed. We want to see implementation. We want the quick wins. We want to see that this agreement is bringing real change on the continent,” he said.
The free trade area is expected to create a market for over a billion people, with a GDP of approximately US$2.6 trillion.
Various leaders in Africa have hailed the AfCFTA, terming it a game changer in the continent’s trade sector.
The Ghanaian Vice President urged countries that were yet to ratify the free trade agreement to do so to ensure it picks pace.
He also called upon African countries to institute complimentary measures to ensure the successful implementation of the AfCFTA.
“No one needs a lecture on the immense benefits of continental free trade in goods and services and the movement of persons on the continent,” he said. “The ultimate shared benefits are in boosting trade and industry, in job creation and increasing incomes, and in boosting the standards of living of our people.”