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GITFiC Forges Ahead AfCFTA Integration into Tertiary Education Curriculum Gains Momentum”

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Dr. Edwin Alfred Nii Obodai Provencal, Chairman of the GITFiC – AfCFTA Tertiary Student Club, emphasized the necessity of integrating AfCFTA principles into African tertiary education curricula. In a press release issued on March 21st, stated, “This initiative has become necessary considering several calls from member states, public and private actors within the trade space of Africa’s economies at the Ghana International Trade and Finance Conference – GITFiC.”

Following the successful inauguration of AfCFTA Tertiary Student Clubs in four prominent Ghanaian institutions – the University of Ghana, All Nations University, University of Development Studies, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Dr. Provencal stressed the urgency to lead the path towards integration. He added, “The call becomes daunting on us to chart this path and always lead the direction in making this happen.”

The constituted team of consultants tasked with drafting courses to integrate AfCFTA into African tertiary education curricula includes distinguished professionals such as Professor Festus Ebo Turkson, Associate Professor and Development Economist at the University of Ghana; Dr. Ellis Akwaa Sekyi, Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; Dr. Prince Brako, Lecturer at All Nations University; Mr. King Effah-Nkyi, Trade Investigation Officer at the Trade Commission; and Mr. Gerald Ekow Woode, Director for Research Policy Advocacy at the Ghana International Trade and Finance Conference.

The team also announced that the final presentation of the draft curriculum will be marked with a small ceremony and submitted to various universities across ratified member states. Dr. Provencal added, “This will facilitate onward submission to their respective state actors and curriculum assessment units for review, evaluation, and approval into their various courses of study.”

The initiative signals Ghana’s commitment to driving progress in AfCFTA integration within the educational sphere, setting a precedent for other African nations to follow suit in equipping their students with the requisite skills and knowledge for a globally competitive future.

by : Jessica Okai

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