Ghana, Kenya lead Africa’s economic renaissance


Two of Africa’s emerging economies – Ghana and Kenya – have taken giant steps to consolidate trade relations as they seek to lead Africa’s economic renaissance.

The bilateral trade cooperation, initiated at the instance of Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is being worked out within the purview and objectives of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement.

“What is being done in this room today is critical for our continent and the future prosperity of our people,” the President said, as he was joined by visiting Kenyan President William Ruto to witness the signing of multiple pacts between the two countries, at a ceremony in Accra.


The Memoranda of Understanding were initialed by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and the Kenyan Investment Authority, the Association of Ghana Industries and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

The rest are the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

President Nana Akufo-Addo said the business community had a responsibility to increase intra-African trade, leveraging the opportunities within AfCFTA, the continent’s financial resources and technological advancement.

“Your ability to seize the opportunities that will determine whether or not we go forward, and that will determine whether or not the eradication of poverty in our generation is made possible in Africa,” he emphasised.

The President assured that the leadership of the continent was focused on providing the requisite space and framework for African businesses to thrive.

“We want to see that growth because it is that growth that holds the key to our future,” he stated.

The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC) trade data analysis indicates that, in 2022, Ghana made an export worth US$5.46 million to Kenya, with the main products covering coconut oil, cocoa powder, mushroom spawn and other live plants.

During the last 26 years, the exports of Ghana to Kenya have increased at an annualised rate of 18.2 per cent, while the exports of Kenya to Ghana have increased at an annualised rate of 14.2 per cent.

In 2022, Kenya made an export worth of US$9.53 million to Ghana – the main products covering vegetable fibres, tea and aluminium plating, according to the OEC.

President Ruto, who is on a State visit to Ghana, welcomed the renewed partnership between the two countries, saying their respective roles in deepening democratic governance in the East African and West African blocs, respectively, provided a stable environment for shared economic growth.

Africa, he said, had many endowed resources at its disposal that could be harnessed for accelerated socio-economic growth.

The vibrant youth population, available land and natural resources put the continent in a strategic place to become an economic powerhouse, if the right policies were instituted, the Kenyan President stated.

Source: GNA

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