State of the African Diaspora, Office of the Vice Prime Minister


INTEGRATING THE DIASPORA, ECO-6 PLUGGING INTO THE AFRICAN ECOWAS CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE ZONE

 

 

The Diaspora is now making strides in the economical sector. Ghana's Minister for Business Development, Hon. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, and the Director for Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, met with the chairman for the ECO-6 House of Chiefs, His Majesty Chief Semako I, to discuss strategic collaborations in the development of the CFTA Secretariat and the ECO-6 Headquarters.

Ghana was selected by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and Accompong was designated by the African Union in 2018 as headquarters for the Diaspora Sixth-Region. The Maroon state is located on the Island of Jamaica and was established in 1739 by Peace Treaty with the British; it is the oldest African territory in the Western hemisphere.

The proposition for cooperation has been put forth by the Maroon Secretariat and Minister of Finance, His Majesty Chief Semako I (born Timothy Elisha McPherson Jr). He said "The purpose of ECO-6 is to establish a formal framework whereby investments as well as a broad sphere of other economic and social engagements between Africa and the Diaspora can be facilitated. By building the physical headquarters for the Eco-6 and CFTA Secretariats in tandem, we are able to both symbolically and as a matter-of-fact launch a new era of cooperation between Africa and the Diaspora. This is what our ancestors have been fighting to achieve for generations, and now we finally have destiny in our hands."

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The AfCFTA will cover a market of 1.2 billion people, with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.5 trillion, across the fifty-four (54) Member States of the African Union that have signed up to the Agreement.

Although the ECO-6 framework remains in its earliest phases of development, it covers the Africa Diaspora of almost 350 million people making it potentially the third largest "populace" of the world after China and India. The Diaspora currently contributes remittances in excess of $45 billion annually to the continent, however, the ECO-6 framework seeks to mobilize investments from historic Diaspora (descendants of Africans enslaved during colonialism) across the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe. The South-South trade market is valued at $4.3 trillion, while a successful cooperation between AfCFTA and ECO-6 has a project market value in excess of $8 trillion.

 

WHO IS REGION 6 OF AF THE AFRICAN UNION?
THE 6TH REGION OF THE AFRICAN UNION
The African Union has declared you the 6th region and encourages us to mobilize now. The year 2019, on the African continent, has been declared THE YEAR OF RETURN and the year of the African Diaspora.  With regard to all historic migrations forced by slavery and voluntary, the African Union defines the African Diaspora as "Consisting of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union. African diaspora populations include African Americans, Afro Caribbean,  Afro Canadians, Afro central Americans, Afro-Europeans – descendants of enslaved West Africans brought to the Americas during the Atlantic slave trade. Also, citizens of different nationalities who have migrated from the nations of Africa. Dual citizenship information coming soon.

EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION

for people of African Descent. ECONOMIC, SOCIAL and POLITICAL mobilization and Support.

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11 Aug 2019


By Dr. Melida Harris Barrow
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