The Ghana Standards Authority, GSA, says it will ensure that goods imported into the country meet the required standards when the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) kicks off in July this year.
The Agreement is aimed at improving intra- African trade to among other things, create a single market, deepen the economic integration of the continent, establish a liberalized market through multiple rounds of negotiations and aid the movement of capital and people, facilitating investment.
Speaking to journalists after Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited rewarded its distributors, the Director General of the Ghana Standards Authority, Professor Alex Dodoo, said his outfit has measures in place to ensure that the country’s standards for imported goods are not compromised.
“Ghana is part of internationally recognized bodies that have prescribed standards for all goods. We have standards also as a country. We are going to maintain the standards that have been approved by parliament,” he stressed.
Prof. Dodoo stated that even though the Africa Continental Free Trade Area is aimed at enhancing intra-African trade, countries have been encouraged to insist on the right standards to protect lives and properties.
He cited for example that, compromising on standards for electrical cables, medicine and other important goods could lead to loss of lives and destruction of properties.
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The Marketing Manager for Tropical Cable and Conductor Limited, Michael Abbey, says the company has acquired some certifications to help it meet not just the African standards but also penetrate the European Market to benefit from the implementation of AFCTA.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement if implemented will be the largest in the world in terms of the number of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization.