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Ghana launches AfCFTA hub to facilitate businesses

Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful launches a digital platform, “AfCFTA hub” with a call on Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs) and startups to utilise it for Africa’s economic transformation. Photo via @GhanaPresidency

Accra, Ghana | Xinhua | Ghana launched its African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) hub Monday to increase local participation in the continent-wide free trade and facilitate businesses.

“The AfCFTA hub is the principal tool for aligning Ghana’s own wide-ranging digitalization policy with the various opportunities presented by AfCFTA,” said Minister for Communication and Digitalization Ursula Owusu-Ekuful during the launching ceremony.

The hub will serve as a one-stop shop for all registration and certification processes for businesses and individuals who want to take advantage of the free trade initiative, said the official, adding that it will connect them with other major private sector platforms in e-commerce, modern retail, and logistics services.

The minister told Xinhua that the AfCFTA hub rolled out an online application to link systems built locally by all actors to one network.

“It is easier for us to track your transactions online and across the continent. We want to make it easy to assist our small and medium enterprises in their work and facilitate the work of our courier services and other logistics companies,” she said.

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