Akufo-Addo proceeds on leave

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to take one week off his official duties from Thursday, July 11. This is part of his annual leave, a statement from the presidency said on Sunday. Before taking his leave, President Akufo-Addo will pay a three-day official visit to France. The visit is at the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron. Already, President Akufo-Addo has left the country as leader of Ghana’s delegation to the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, being held in Niamey, the capital of the Republic of Niger. The Summit will launch officially the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), after it achieved maturity on 30th May, 2019, when the 22nd Member-State deposited its instrument of ratification at the AU Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ghana is expected to be announced as the host country for the Secretariat of the AfCFTA, after beating off competition from countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kenya, Senegal and Madagascar. President Akufo-Addo will leave Niger on Monday, July 8 to begin his France visit. He was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Trade and Industry Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Yofi Grant and officials from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry. President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Thursday, July 18. In his absence, Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall act in his stead, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution. Source: 3news.com|Ghana]]>