Africa's candidate for the top job at the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen got a major boost to his candidacy when President John Dramani rallied the rest of Africa behind him, at the twentieth ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
"May I also take the opportunity to convey to you, Excellencies, my sincere gratitude to you for your support which you have graciously given for the candidature of Dr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), as Africa's candidate. I look forward to your continued support as he begins to go through the processes of selection, associated with this strategic position"
According to President Mahama, Africa has come of age to take up more responsibilities and be at the helm of affairs at positions such as the WTO, to enhance Africa's prospects as an equal partner in all spheres of engagement with the rest of the world.
"... Africa is more than ready to lead this crucial world body through the much needed process of reform that will enhance Africa's prospects as an equal partner in the world trade system," he said.
President John Mahama also charged African leaders to vigorously pursue an agenda that would transform the natural and human resources on the continent into economic wealth that will eventually better the lives of the people therein.
"We who now wield the mantle of leadership on the continent are challenged...to rise to up to the occasion. With Africa's vast human and material resources, as well as unprecedented access to technology, there is no reason why we cannot succeed, if only we could muster the political will and seize the moment" he encouraged his peers.
As the AU prepares to mark its golden jubilee, President Mahama was hopeful that the occasion would be used to highlight the vast potential of the continent and the bright future that awaits it.
"A few months from now, our organization will mark its Golden Jubilee. I am aware that a preparatory committee is already hard at work trying to put together a befitting programme for that momentous occasion.
"I wish to commend members of the committee and wish them every success in their efforts. Whatever the outcome of their work, it is my hope that it will successfully capture the essence not only of times past and present but, above all, the bright new future we envision for this great continent of ours."
The president also pledged his commitment to the continents common struggle against poverty, disease and illiteracy, which has long being the bane of Africa's development.
Dr. Alan Kyeremateng, a former trade minister in the erstwhile Kufour Administration, who now carries the continent's hope for the WTO top job, has had a relatively quite political life after he lost the presidential slot to Nana Akufo Addo in the 2010 primaries of the New Patriotic Party, until recently when his posters appeared in parts of the country.
Although Alan has disassociated himself from the posters which project him as the next presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, political pundits are not writing him off the books of contenders for the next race for the castle.
Alan had on his facebook wall, a few days ago, asked party loyalist to "completely disregard" a poster campaign "that is being waged by enemies of the party and thus pledged his support for the leadership of the party in their pursuit of justice at the supreme court, over what the party terms as grave discrepancies in the election results declared by the Electoral Commission of Ghana
"I call on all party members and loyalists to completely disregard this so-called "Alan for 2016" poster campaign that is being waged by enemies of the party. I stand solidly behind Nana Akufo Addo, the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, his running mate and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, our party chairman, in the pursuit of the case in which they are obviously seeking justice for the party and all Ghanaians in general.
Please treat this campaign with the contempt it deserves and see it as the work of people who want to sow discord and disunity in our great party, the NPP" Alan wrote on his social network page.