AFCFTA Secretariat: Don’t rob Akufo-Addo Off the Fruits from his labour 

AFCFTA Secretariat: Don’t rob Prez Akufo-Addo Off The Fruits from his labour

Nana Addo at the commissioning of AFCFTA Secretariat
Nana Addo at the commissioning of AFCFTA Secretariat

I have read a few posts that seem to give credit to Hon. Alan Kyeremanteng for the decision of Twitter to establish its Headquarters in Ghana for operations in Africa. The whole excitement has to do with Twitter asserting that their decision was partly influenced by the Headquarters of Afcfta situated in Ghana.

I have been reluctant to respond and correct the erroneous impression therein; however, I’m forced to, by dint of the sheer number of people blatantly sharing the said post ostensibly to rob the President off credit due him as a result of the hardwork he’s done to influence the citing of the Afcfta Secretariat in Ghana.

First and foremost, Chief Alan is never the reason why the Afcfta Secretariat was built here. The fact that he’s Minister of Trade doesn’t mean he personally influenced that decision.

The project was a Presidential project and not a ministerial project. The complex and highly esteemed nature of the biding couldn’t have been done by a Minister. The President of Kenya and other Presidents were personally lobbying countries for the project; it was a battle of heads of states. It’s therefore utter nativity that would make someone believe that such a BIG decision of a continental body can be influenced by a Minister – very funny.

President Akufo-Addo started lobbying his colleague Head of States for the Secretariat to be cited in Ghana right after the treaty establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area was signed by African Union Heads of State on 21 March 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.

On Monday, 13th May, 2019, President Akufo-Addo personally made a strong case relative to the readiness of Ghana to host Afcfta Secretariat when the African Union sent an Evaluation Team led by Ambassador Rosette Nyirinkindi to Ghana. In the words of President Akufo-Addo, Ghana has the requisite facilities to provide an efficient center for the Secretariat. He cogently lay bear the very sacrifices that Ghana has made in sustaining AU for which Ghana must be given the honor to host the secretariat (Ref. https://www.google.com/amp/s/newsghana.com.gh/president-akufo-addo-says-ghana-is-ready-to-host-afcfta-secretariat/%3famp).

When the AU Review Committee announced that Ghana has won the bid to host the Secretariat over Kenya and others in the presence of President Akufo-Addo, Chief Alan was nowhere. When President Akufo-Addo, in his acceptance speech, committed US$10 million to AO in support of the Secretariat, Chief Alan was nowhere.

In deed, the President had help from other people but it must be stated forcefully that Chief Alan was not integral. President Akufo-Addo, showing appreciation to other integral persons who helped him to achieve this feet, mentioned specific names and they included former President J.J. Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings; former President J A Kufuor; Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II (Ref. https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/politics/ghana-delivers-afcfta-secretariat-to-au-commission.html).

Why would people openly act disingenuously by robbing the President off the fruits from his hard labor?

If they are convinced that Chief Alan influenced the decision of AO to cite the Secretariat here, they should give us the list of Heads of State that Chief Alan held meetings with to lobby for Ghana.

African Heads od States
African Heads od States

If Chief Alan was integral part of this project, why was he absent in the pictures (attached) taken at the event for the opening of the Secretariat?

Source: Charles Opoku