Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo (left) and Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
WEST AFRICA–––Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday recapped his full commitment to Africa’s political and economic integration.
“I believe it is extremely important for the welfare of the 1.2 billion people of the continent that we, the leaders, demonstrate strong political will to make the AU an economic and political success, and to make the project of integration real,” the presidency quoted him as saying in a release.
The Ghanaian leader said that Africa’s population appeared set to reach some 2 billion people in 20 years’ time, and that an African common market presents immense opportunities.
“The time for African integration is now,” he said. He said Ghana and Equatorial Guinea should be in the forefront of the process that would convert the AU into a true continental market.
The Ghanaian leader said his visit to Equatorial Guinea, an oil zone, seeks to strengthen ties between the two countries, as well as explore further areas of co-operation.
The Ghanaian leader said he remains hopeful that his visit would kick-start the re-commencement of formal sessions of the Ghana-Equatorial Guinea Permanent Joint Commission of Cooperation, revive the Air Services Agreement between the two countries, and re-establish direct flights between Accra and Malabo.