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.
King Mswati III, King of Swaziland, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, sent a congratulatory message to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on his victory in the 2016 election, and on his assumption of the highest office of the land.
The congratulatory message, which was conveyed to President Akufo-Addo by a special envoy of the Swazi King, assured the President of the co-operation of the King and people of Swaziland over the course of the tenure of office of President Akufo-Addo.
It was the hope of King Mswati III that bilateral relations between the two countries will grow from strength to strength to the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
The King of Swaziland also extended his deepest condolences, through the President, to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asanteman and Ghana, on the passing of the Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the King’s envoy for his message, and used the opportunity to congratulate the King Mswati III on his election as the Third Vice-Chairperson of the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union.
President Akufo-Addo also congratulated King Mswati on his nomination as Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), during the 28th African Union Summit which was held in Addis Ababa this January, and assured the King of Ghana’s support to help achieve a malaria-free Africa.
The President recounted how he, as Ghana’s Foreign Minister and Chairman of the AU Ministerial conclave in Swaziland, in 2005, together with his colleague AU Foreign Ministers drafted the Ezulwuni consensus, which called for a more representative and democratic Security Council.
The goal of the AU, as contained in the Ezulwuni Consensus, was to be fully represented in all the decision-making organs of the UN, particularly in the Security Council, which is the principal decision-making organ of the UN in matters relating to international peace and security.
Full representation of Africa on the Security Council would mean having not less than two permanent seats with all the prerogatives and privileges of permanent membership including the right of veto; five non-permanent seats; and that the AU should be responsible for the selection of Africa’s representatives on the Security Council.
Nearly 12 years after, President Akufo-Addo lamented the fact that little progress had been made since the drawing up of the Consensus in Swaziland. He, thus, urged King Mswati III and his colleague African leaders to help in the advocacy towards the full realization of this consensus.
President John Dramani Mahama has left Accra for New York to attend the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. This year’s General Debate will open on Tuesday, with President Mahama scheduled to address the world body on Wednesday, September 21.
As Co-Chair of the UN Advocacy Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), President Mahama will be co-hosting a number of side events related to the successful implementation and advocacy for the SDGs.
These include a GSM Association- organised event on the role of Mobile Innovation and the Private Sector towards accelerating the implementation of SDGs and achieving the 2030 Agenda.
President Mahama will also co-host with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) a side event on ‘Pathways to Zero Hunger’, which will showcase concrete transformations in food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in support of the delivery of the 2030 Agenda.
The President will join other leaders at a US- Africa Business Forum being organised by the US Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and also attend meetings of the SDG Advocacy Group.
President Mahama will also hold bilateral meetings with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, President David Granger of Guyana, the Chief Executive of the Millenium Challenge Corporation and other Organisations.
President Mahama is accompanied by his wife, Lordina, who will be chairing meetings of the Oraganisation of African First Ladies against HIV & AIDS (OAFLA) and other side events for First Ladies.
Also on the delegation are the Ministers responsible for Foreign Affairs, Interior, Communications and Trade & Industry.
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President JD Mahama on Wednesday inaugurated a nine member Board of Directors for the newly established Ghana EXIM Bank.
The board is chaired by Professor Richard Bani of the University of Ghana and includes Mrs. Pearl Esua- Mensah, formerly of UT Bank, Joseph Enimil- Armah of Enimil Group of Companies, and Nana Dr. Apiagyei Dankawaso of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Other members of the board are Dr. Johnson P. Asiama, Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, James Tiigah of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Emmanuel Mammara of the Ministry of Trade and Samuel Arkhurst of the Ministry of Finance.
The acting Chief Executive of the Bank is Dr. Barfour Osei.
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