At a special ceremony commemorating World Africa Day, Morocco’s ambassador to Ghana, Imane Ouaadil, highlighted the importance of World Africa Day in Accra on Thursday.
This year’s theme is “Year of the FTAA: accelerating the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area”.
On this occasion, Mrs. Ouaadil emphasized the importance of this day for the continent, marking the 60th anniversary of the creation of the continental organization, the African Union (AU), noting the privilege of celebrating it in Ghana, given that “the first President, the late Kwame Nkrumah, together with a small group of visionary African leaders, including the late HM Mohammed V, formed the Casablanca Group in 1963, a first step towards the creation of our African Union”.
Mrs. Ouaadil, who is also the dean of the Group of African Ambassadors accredited to Ghana, also added that “The implementation of the agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area is accelerating and rapidly improving intra-African trade across the continent, thus offering interesting opportunities for recovery and growth”.
In this regard, the ambassador once again paid tribute to Ghana for having successfully hosted the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Mrs. Ouaadil concluded her speech by quoting “the words of the late President Nkrumah, spoken many years ago, which still resonate on the African continent”: “Africa is a continent, a people and a nation.