President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is attending the 51st Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Monrovia, Liberia, on June 4, 2017. President Akufo-Addo, who would be joining his counterparts at the regional meeting for the first time as Head of Government, would bolster Ghana’s commitment to the Community’s project, especially integration, the common currency and trade liberalization. As the leaders meet, high on their agenda would be the political, economic and security concerns besetting the sub-region, particularly the approaches to achieving the regional economic integration agenda and right-tracking West Africa’s development planning. They will consider the application for membership by Morocco, request by Tunisia for observer status, as well as the Association Agreement between Mauritania and the Community. The meeting would also consider series of reports, particularly that of the ECOWAS mid-year statutory meetings that that took place before the summit, including reports by the Ad-Hoc Ministerial Committee on Institutional Reforms and End of Tenure of Statutory Appointees; 78th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers; 38th Ordinary Meeting of the Mediation and Security Council and the 2017 Interim Report of ECOWAS. Also high on the agenda would be the election of a new Chair of the Authority to replace the Liberia’s Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, whose tenure as president ends this year. The meeting would decide on a date and venue for the 52nd summit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Moroccan King Mohammed V1 are expected to attend the meeting. The meeting is the first to be hosted by Liberia since the inception of the ECOWAS 42 years ago. As at Saturday, June 3, 2017, some heads of state had arrived at the Farmington Hotel, near the Roberts International Airport, the venue of the meeting, for the climax of the Summit that commenced in June 1, 2017.
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Emmanuel Macron, 39 a former investment banker, won France’s presidential election on Sunday, defeating the nationalist Marine Le Pen.
He polled 66.1% representing 20,703,694 votes.
Ghana’s President, H.E Nana Akufo Addo in his congratulatory message said, ‘’I applaud the determination of M. Macron in his acceptance speech, to “fight the divisions that undermine France”, and effect the change the French people voted for.’’
The message added: ‘’It is my hope that M. Macron would continue in the stead of past leaders of the great French nation in strengthening the ties between France and Ghana, and the entire African continent.’’
Below is the full statement:
I join well-wishers all over the world in congratulating the newly elected President of the Republic of France, M. Emmanuel Macron, on his decisive victory in the presidential election run-off, held over the weekend.
I applaud the determination of M. Macron in his acceptance speech, to “fight the divisions that undermine France”, and effect the change the French people voted for.
I also congratulate outgoing French President, M. François Hollande, for his dedicated service to the French people. His efforts in helping to deepen the relations between France and Ghana, and the rest of Africa, are deeply appreciated and will not be forgotten.
It is my hope that M. Macron would continue in the stead of past leaders of the great French nation in strengthening the ties between France and Ghana, and the entire African continent.
President of the Republic of Ghana
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that close co-operation between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will be facilitated by a new initiative dubbed “An Agreement For a Strategic Partnership”, that will be signed by the two countries.
This agreement, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “in even closer intimacy and go beyond the bounds of the concept of the Permanent Joint Commission, which is the conventional tool for co-operation.”
The President, in welcoming the initiative, stated that this Agreement would “embrace all aspects of our national lives, and, if undertaken with sincerity and transparency, it should enhance considerably the chances of our two countries to attain progress and prosperity.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Friday, May 5, 2017, in response to the award to him of Cote d’Ivoire’s highest national award, La Grande Croix dans l’ordre National Ivorien (The Order of the Grand Ivorian Cross), at a State Dinner held in his honour by the President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara.
Describing the relations between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire as being “of the highest priority, for reasons which are self-evident”, President Akufo-Addo noted one of the areas of focus of this Agreement will be in the cocoa industry.
“Together, we produce 65% of the world’s cocoa, and if we work together and coordinate our policies, we can protect our farmers and guarantee a better life for them,” he added.
Battered by the volatility of the international cocoa market, despite their position as largest suppliers of the commodity, the two countries have resolved to develop solutions which will ensure resilience to price volatility in the market, and, thereby, curb the fall in revenues derived from cocoa exports. It should be recalled that cocoa contributes to about 15% of Cote d’Ivoire’s GDP and 7% of Ghana’s.
“We are amongst the biggest economies in West Africa. We are also bonded by common history, by common ethnic ties, by common culture, and by geography. Our ties impose on us the necessity to work together, and to live as good neighbours, with each one being the brother’s keeper,” he stressed.
Touching on the litigation in Hamburg on the delimitation of our maritime boundaries, President Akufo-Addo assured that “whatever the result of that litigation, and, naturally, I hope it goes in favour of Ghana, I want to assure President Ouattara, his government and the Ivorian people of the determination of my government and I to work with you in a healthy manner of co-operation to deal with the consequences of the pending judgement.”
What is of paramount importance to the populations of the two countries, he, however, noted, is the peaceful exploitation of the maritime resources for their benefit.
With President Akufo-Addo reiterating, once again, his commitment towards the strengthening of ECOWAS, he noted that it is extremely important for the welfare of the 350 million people living in West Africa, that its leaders show strong political will to make ECOWAS an economic and political success, and to make the integration of the region real.
“I am fully committed, and I know President Alassane Ouattara is too. With West Africa’s population set to reach some 500 million people in 20 years time, there are immense opportunities to bring prosperity to our region with hardwork, enterprise and creativity. The time for West African integration is now. Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire should be at the forefront of the process that will convert ECOWAS into a true regional market,” he added.
In concluding, President Akufo-Addo thanked President Ouattara for his presence at his inauguration, as special guest of honour, at a time when there were disturbing events in Cote d’Ivoire, which, he indicated, could have provided an easy excuse for his absence.
“You decided nevertheless to come. The Ghanaian people and I will always treasure this show of brotherhood. You are, indeed, a great friend of Ghana, and dare I say it, of myself, too,” he said.
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is advocating for the growth of bilateral ties and relations between Ghana and Korea, as government seeks to embark on an ambitious programme of social and economic transformation modeled on the programmes used by the ‘Asian Tigers’.The President made this known when Mr.Lyeo Woon-Ki, the outgoing South Korean Ambassador to Ghana, called on him at the Presidency to bid him farewell, as his 2½ year duty tour of Ghana has come to an end.According to President Akufo-Addo, “many of us see your country (South Korea) as an inspiration of how, with organization, determination, hard work and creativity, a poor nation can, within a generation, transform itself to become one of the leading economies of the world.”He added, “It continues to be a beacon for us, because we all know about the parallel periods of birth of Ghana and South Korea, and, yet, Korea is one of the advanced economies, and we are still struggling.”To this end, President Akufo-Addo indicated that, under his tenure of office, he would intensify efforts to deepen the relations between the two countries, stressing that economic exchanges between the two countries have a lot more room for growth and development.“We are particularly interested in getting Korean industries to interest themselves in Ghana as a basis for producing things not just for the country, but for the regional and continental markets. We are about to institutionalize the continental free trade area. All of this is to give us an opportunity to develop our own industrial and manufacturing basis. I think the involvement of Korea in this exercise will be mutually beneficial for all of us,” he noted.To the outgoing South Korean ambassador, President Akufo-Addo expressed the appreciation of Ghanaians for the work done by Mr.Lyeo Woon-Ki during his stay, which, amongst others, led to the signing of a framework agreement between the two countries, enabling Ghana obtain a concessionary loan facility of $200 million from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDF).“We know how committed you have been to developing and deepening the relations between our two countries. And, that is why Ghanaians will always have a very fond memory of you as ambassador. We know very well that, in you, Ghana has a committed friend.“Ghana-Korean relationship would grow and flourish, and it will all be as a result of the work that you have done here. You go back to Korea with your head held high. You have done a great job for your country,” President Akufo-Addo said.On his part, the South Korean Ambassador described leaving Ghana as “the moment I have been afraid to face, because I fell in love with Ghana during the last 2½ years.”He was confident of Ghana’s future because “President Akufo-Addo has a great vision for the development of the country. He has a strong commitment to enhancing our bilateral relationship. In a sense, I feel very sad leaving this country, but I also confident that our bilateral relations will be much stronger in the coming years.”
“I will not countenance any acts of disloyalty or subversion of your Minister, for I will take such an act as disloyalty to me, and, by inference, disloyalty to the Party and the State. Any Deputy, who thinks the route to advancement lies in your ability to subvert or undermine your Minister, will be sadly mistaken. You will not profit from that conduct in Akufo-Addo’s presidency.”
These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, when he swore into office the 10 deputy Regional Ministers at the Presidency on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
Loyalty of the ten deputy regional Ministers to their respective Regional Ministers, according to the President, would be fundamental to the success of their work.
He noted that Article 256 of the Constitution provides that the appointment of deputy Regional Ministers is done not only with the prior approval of Parliament, but also with the prior knowledge and, impliedly, the consent of their respective Regional Ministers.
He, therefore, urged the 10 deputy Regional Ministers “to work with your Minister in all sincerity and transparency. That is the guarantee of your success, and our collective success.”
The President also urged the deputy Regional Ministers to speedily declare their assets, as all 36 of the Ministers of the central government have duly filled their assets declaration.
“We must jealously guard the commitment we have made to the Ghanaian people that we have come to do public service, not advance our own personal fortunes. As you know, I am complying with the requirement in our manifesto to notify the Auditor General of the names of all Article 71 office holders, such as yourselves, of your appointment,” he said.
With all 10 deputy Regional Ministers “carefully chosen for their positions”, the President was “confident that the various backgrounds and experiences of all of you will bring value to the governance of our nation, and enable us also to deliver on the commitments of our manifesto, the sacred compact that ties us in the NPP to the Ghanaian people.”
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Speaker of Parliament and the Members of Parliament “for the speedy manner in which they are fulfilling their constitutional duties in approving my nominees for ministerial office. Their conduct enhances the welfare of our Republic. Long may it continue.”
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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is seeking the support and technical assistance of the government of the Republic of Cuba for the construction of a biolarvicide factory in Ghana, to help in the fight against malaria.
In many parts of the world where malaria has been completely eradicated, even before the development of effective medication, one of the key strategies adopted was effective vector control.
It is against this background that the NPP government, under the leadership of President Kufuor, sought the assistance of Cuba for the construction of the facility for the manufacture of a biolarvicide, an insecticide that kills the mosquito larvae – newly hatched mosquitoes. Apart from the production of biolarvicides against malaria, the factory was also to produce bio-fertilizer to boost agricultural productivity and create jobs.
President Akufo-Addo noted that this project was, however, abandoned after the exit of the NPP government in January 2009, and has, therefore, requested for the revival of the project in partnership with the Cuban government.
He made this known when the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Pedro Luis González Despaign, paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency to congratulate him, on behalf of Cuban President, H.E. Raúl Castro, on his election to the high office of President of the Republic.
Mr. Gonzalez Despaign, in his remarks to President Akufo-Addo, indicated the willingness of the Cuban government to assist Ghana in this endeavour, as well as co-operate further in the areas of biopharmaceuticals, education, culture and tourism, construction, and sports.
With Ghana being the first country in Africa to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, Ambassador Despaign indicated that the two countries would continue to share a special relationship, stressing that a high level delegation from Cuba would be present at the 60th Independence Day celebration, in this regard.
Touching on the co-operation between Ghana and Cuba in the field of medicine, he noted that a total of 239 Ghanaian students are currently studying in medicine in Cuba. In addition to this, hundreds of Cuban doctors are currently in the country, as part of the Cuban medical brigade. However, the Cuban Ambassador noted that Ghana’s outstanding indebtedness in the afore-mentioned areas total US$4,732,700. Virtually the entire debt, he said, was incurred over the last 8 years, and urged government’s prompt action in defraying this debt.
Ambassador Despaign also indicated that Cuba is counting on the support of Ghana to helping in helping to lift the commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America on Cuba.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part thanked the Cuban Ambassador for the courtesy of his visit, and assured him of the strengthening of Ghana’s relations with Cuba during the tenure of his office.
He assured Ambassador Despaign of his government’s prompt action in the matter of Ghana’s indebtedness to Cuba in the area of medical co-operation between the two countries.
President Akufo-Addo reassured the Cuban Ambassador of Ghana’s continued advocacy in helping to end the blockade against the Caribbean Island.
The Office of the President has taken notice of a statement issued by Prof. William Asumaning, the Board Chairman of Goil, on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in relation to the purported appointment of a “new” Chief Executive Officer of the Company by the President of the Republic.
The statement by the Board Chairman references a Ghanaweb publication of 24th February, 2017 titled “Nana Addo Picks New Heads for Forestry Commission, Ghana Health Service and GOIL”. It is on the basis of this story that Prof. William Asumaning put out his statement.
One would have hoped, in the interest of best practices, that the issuance of such a statement by Prof. William Asumaning would have been hinged on concrete evidence, in the form of appointment letters, and not mere speculation and conjecture by an online publication. The statement by the Board Chair was unfortunate and completely needless, to say the least.
For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to state that the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has not appointed a new CEO of GOIL, and when he decides to do so, it will be done in accordance with laid down procedures.
……signed…… Eugene Arhin Ag. Director of Communications
President Akufo-Addo has revealed that he had no difficulty whatsoever in supporting the candidature of Thomas Kwesi Quartey for the position of Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
According to President Akufo-Addo when his predecessor, former President Mahama, told him about presenting Thomas Kwesi Quartey as Ghana’s candidate for the position, “it was a very easy matter for me, because he was a Ghanaian who had the spirit and competence for the job.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday, February 16, 2017, when Thomas Kwesi Quartey, now Deputy AU Commission Chairperson, and Ambassador Victor Gbeho called on the President to thank him for the support offered to the candidature of Kwesi Quartey by the government.
It will be recalled that Thomas Kwesi Quartey served as deputy Foreign Affairs Minister under the Mahama government, and was until recently Secretary to former President, John Dramani Mahama.
Nonetheless, Thomas Quartey received the strongest support and backing from the government of President Akufo-Addo, resulting in him receiving 44 out of 54 votes cast, representing some 82% of votes from the Heads of State gathered.
President Akufo-Addo noted that “it was with a clean and sincere heart that I threw my support and I am happy that we were successful. I got all the credit for it by my fellow Heads of State, but I believe it was a good day for Ghana.”
The President urged the new Deputy AU Commission Chairperson to help effect the vision of continental integration, and ensure that the proposals adopted at the 28th AU Summit, which include the proposals on continental free trade, and finding sustainable ways of financing the AU, are fully implemented.
He was confident that Kwesi Quartey would do a good job and hold high the flag of Ghana.
Ambassador Victor Gbeho, on his part, thanked the President for the immense support given to Thomas Kwesi Quartey’s candidature and assured him that the latter will work diligently to justify the confidence reposed in him, as well as enhance Ghana’s image in the comity of nations.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, February 16, 2017, swore into office the newly composed membership of the new Hajj Board.
The ceremony, which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidency, was held in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.
The membership of the board is made up of Sheikh I.C. Quaye (Chairman), Abdul Malik Adams Gariba, Farouk Hamza, Sheikh Amin Bonsu, Alhaji Inusa Amadu, Kamal-Deen Abdulai, Ismaela Ibrahim, Mohammadu Osmanu Alidu, Mohammed Osumanu Yunusah, Braimah Adams, and Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed.
President Akufo-Addo, in his brief remarks, charged members of the Board to ensure a smooth, seamless organization of this year’s Hajj and subsequent pilgrimages. He also requested for prayers for the nation at this year’s Hajj.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, on his part, urged the new Board to live by the oath sworn to the President and the nation, and deliver on their mandate.
On behalf of the members, Chairman of the Board, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, thanked President Akufo-Addo, Vice President Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and the National Chief Imam for the confidence reposed in them and assured the people of Ghana that the new Board will not disappoint.
He also asked for the support of all Ghanaians, especially Muslims.
Present at the inauguration of the new Board were the Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei–Opare; Nana Asante Bediatuo (Executive Secretary to the President), National Security Minister Hon Albert Kan-Dapaah and other dignitaries.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has congratulated Herr Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his election, on Sunday, February 12, 2017, as the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. In a statement issued on Monday, February 13, 2017, President Akufo-Addo recalled with fondness “our time as Foreign Affairs Ministers of our respective countries, and the good collaboration and partnership we forged, which enabled our two countries develop further areas of co-operation for the benefit of our two peoples.” President Akufo-Addo wished President Steinmeier and the German people the very best of luck throughout the course of his tenure of office, and in the years to come. “It is my hope that the strong relations between Germany and Ghana will be deepened, and grow from strength to strength,” the statement ended. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected president by a parliamentary assembly. The Social Democrat, 61, is one of Germany’s most popular politicians.
The post is largely ceremonial, but the president represents Germany abroad and is seen as carrying moral weight.