President William Ruto on Wednesday flagged off the first consignment of Kenyan tea to Accra, Ghana, under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) guided trade initiative.
“Today’s action confirms that Kenya believed in AfCTA from Day One. We ask fellow Africans to use this platform to actualize Africa’s dream in trade and business,” said President Ruto.
He expressed confidence that the AfCTA’s infrastructure will make it simpler to overcome trade and economic restrictions inside the continent.
At the same time, Ruto asked the Ministry of Trade to create a Kenyan tea brand to ensure farmers receive a fair return on their investment.
He stated that Kenya has long assisted other nations in branding their tea with high-quality Kenyan tea and that this practice must end.
On his part, AfCFTA Secretary General Wamkele Mene said the partnership between Kenya and Ghana was a step in the right direction as it has set the continent towards industrialization and economic prosperity.
“What Kenya and Ghana are doing is to give commercial meaning to Africa Union’s project of integrating our markets and economy as a continent,” said Mene.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.