NDPC boss calls for robust rural economy for AfCFTA

Press releases of Thursday, November 25, 2021

Source: African single market

Director General of the National Development Planning Commission, Dr. Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa

The Director General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa, called on the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDA) to create sustainable enterprises at the local level to enable them to participate fully in the only market.

“If you establish a process and it doesn’t resonate with the districts, it can never be implemented. The AfCFTA is important because it brings together several national programs, and we will have to develop a process where we can locate all these national initiatives at district level to improve the implementation and leverage that to take advantage of the single market ”, a- he declared. in an interview with Single African Market.

To achieve this, he said, there must be a conscious effort to build a sustainable rural economy that is supported by the productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises and the growth of the rural private sector.

He added, “Small and medium enterprises and individual enterprises at district level, how can we support them? It begins by piloting a small number of districts, where this action of exploitation and of bringing together the local economy and the opportunities of the AfCFTA could be carried out.

While districts can generate internal income, any additional support from outside only builds a strong local economy. “

According to the NDPC boss, the MMDAs will have to support local activity zones with high growth potential, because they will pay dividends in the form of taxes and improve revenue mobilization at the rural level.

Dr Abrampa said his team is working with local government, the Ministry of Commerce and other stakeholders to facilitate targeted training for certain districts where these interventions will translate into concrete and real action.

For him, the launch of the guidelines to promote the implementation of the AfCFTA at the district level is only one step.

“The guidelines indicate a defined process agreed to by all institutions and stakeholders that is needed and also provides a harmonized platform for NDPC to approach districts.

We want districts to learn about AfCFTA; what we want to do is make sure that the vision is not just an NDPC vision, but a vision that has district buy-in, ”he said.

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