AfCFTA Unit in Accra: Promoting Free Trade

A Message from Mr. Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, The Special Trade & Investment Envoy of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business to The African Continental Free Trade Secretariat, Accra - Ghana 

The Office of the Special Envoy has opened a permanent office in Ghana to deepen local engagement and provide adequate space for Chamber ACFTA Fellows in 2022.  

Minister Mary’s Ng's mandate letter in late 2021 from Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed both an Africa strategy and Canada's support for AfCFTA implementation. Hon. Ng’s objectives include: ‘’Developing a strategy for economic cooperation across Africa, including support for the African Continental Free Trade Area, facilitation of increased infrastructure investment and expansion of partnerships in research and innovation.’’ 

The Chamber is pleased to support the realization of these objectives for accelerated Canada-Africa trade and investment - through our mission of world-class networking and information-sharing events.

In particular, our new AfCFTA-focused office in Accra - established by Special Envoy Sebastian Spio-Garbrah - is working to advance implementation of AfCFTA by convening Canada's private sector free trade experts and African leaders. Chamber Free Trade Fellow Akinyi J Eurallyah was recently appointed as a researcher. Read More

- The Chamber's Special Envoy to the AfCTA continues to have various engagements with stakeholders in support of the Canada-Africa trade agenda. During the recent visit of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the Secretariat, and at an investment promotion summit, the Special Envoy attended a number of meetings with foreign investors keen on deepening their interest in Africa.

- The AfCFTA Unit is in the final stages of completing a report on economic trade and development parallels between indigenous communities in Canada and Africa. The office of the Special Envoy expanded to include Ms. Akinyi Eurallyah, Esq., a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University who served as the Chamber's 2021 Free Trade Summer Fellow.

- A visit has been proposed with the leader of one of Africa's largest indigenous nations, the Asantehene, for January to further explore areas of mutual learning and collaboration with the First Nations of Canada.   


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