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The Senior Vice President for MTN Group, Mr. Ebenezer Asante, has called for an end to the ‘tyranny of sovereignty’ to allow the ease of trade across Africa. He made this known when speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2024 African Prosperity Dialogue taking place at Peduase Presidential Lodge in the Akuapem Hills of the Eastern Region.
Mr. Asante made this call at a panel discussion on the topic, “Doing Business Differently – Adding Value to What we Produce.” He encouraged industry players as well as governments from across Africa to support cross border trade by breaking down barriers and open up for trade.

He applauded the government’s decision to facilitate visa-free travel within African whilst bemoaning the challenges Africans face in making cross-border payments and transactions.

“The tyranny of sovereignty must end to allow proper trade and ease of doing business across West Africa. Technology continues to transform the way we trade, and we must leverage the immense opportunities it presents to trade within our borders. The tyranny of sovereignty is an impediment to progress because with our borders closed to each other, we cannot foster seamless trade. African countries must open their borders to each other to allow intercontinental trade,” he said.

He said, “Undoubtedly, technology is an enabler of growth, and we must understand its influence and crucial role in tackling our challenges and leapfrogging our development. Africa is lagging behind in productivity and one way to change this narrative is through technology. We cannot continue to do business the same way. We need to rethink our approach in order to move forward.”

Referring to the disruption caused by COVID and geopolitical tensions that have affected trade, he noted that we must reposition ourselves as a continent to take advantage of our position in this crisis and allow it to positively impact the way we trade.

At the event, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, expressed the commitment of the Government of Ghana to ensure free movement of all Africans coming into Ghana to facilitate seamless cross border trade on the continent.

The African Prosperity Dialogues is a three-day event being held under the theme “Delivering Prosperity in Africa: Produce Add Value. Trade. The dialogue brings together government and business leaders from across Africa and beyond to exchange ideas on key issues and solutions needed to build and harness Africa’s growth.

Africa Prosperity Network (APN) is a private not-for-profit organization established with a vision to promote Africa beyond aid, by creating the platforms for holding critical dialogues that will reshape the thinking of the leaders of this continent and guide them into taking those bold steps in the area of trade, commerce, the structure of our national economies, political conduct and our culture that will bring prosperity to the people of Africa.

Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) is the market leader in the mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana, offering subscribers a range of exciting options under Pay As You Go, Pay Monthly and Mobile Financial Services. The company is part of the MTN Group which is a leading emerging market leader with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers. We are inspired by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. Scancom PLC is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange. Our strategy is Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

 

 

 

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