The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, left Ghana on Sunday, 21st January, 2018, at 3:10pm, to attend the inauguration ceremony of the President-Elect of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency George Weah, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, 22nd January, 2018, in Monrovia, Liberia.
He is accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway; the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah; and officials from the Presidency.
Given the absence from the jurisdiction of the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, in accordance with Article 60(11) of the Constitution, will act in his stead.
President Akufo-Addo will return to Ghana on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018.
……signed…… Eugene Arhin Director of Communications
An official notice from the presidency has confirmed that Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the UK for medical examination.
The statement signed by the Chief of Staff Frema Opare said the Vice-President is on medical leave as advised by his doctors.
She said the Vice-President was joined by his wife for the UK trip.
Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin had denied authoring a statement in that regard after the purported statement went viral on social media.
On Friday, Mr. Eugene Arhin announced that the second gentleman of the land was under medical observation.
The statement issued yesterday read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
The Director In charge of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, has vehemently denied authoring a statement to announce that, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been flown to the United Kingdom for medical observation.
He had authored a statement issued yesterday [Friday] to announce that, Dr. Bawumia was under medical observation after taking ill.
The statement read: ‘’ The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the early hours of Friday, 19th January, 2018, reported feeling unwell. He was attended to by his doctors, and is currently undergoing medical tests and observation. Any further information will be duly communicated.’’
Meanwhile, a purported statement allegedly signed by Mr. Arhin, went viral on social media to claim that, the Vice President’s situation worsened and has been flown to the UK.
But Mr. Arhin denied the statement and described as a hoax.
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 18th January, 2017, received letters of credence from two envoys accredited to Ghana, from the Republics of Niger and Japan.
Presenting his credentials, the Ambassador-designate from Japan, Tsutomu Himenu, touted the existing, cordial relationship between Ghana and Japan, and praised the country’s role and status as a beacon peace, democracy and stability in the region.
Mr. Himenu, amongst others, referred to President Akufo-Addo’s speech at the recent United Nations General Assembly on UN reforms, and pledged Japan’s support for the cause, stressing that “it is time Africa holds her rightful place on the world stage.”
He also appealed for increased collaboration between the two countries, and reiterated Japan’s economic support for President Akufo-Addo’s vision of a “Ghana Beyond Aid”.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo expressed the gratitude of the Ghanaian people to Japan for the support given to Ghana over the years, through agencies like TICAD and JICA, and hoped that the new ambassador will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.
Conveying regards from the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, the Ambassador-designate, Alhousseni Ousmane, said Niger intends to foster closer collaboration and ties with Ghana, which will guarantee the progress and prosperity of the peoples.
The Vice President of the Republic, H.E. Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has left Accra for Vienna, Austria to participate in the World Bank Group’s Investment Competitiveness Forum, to be held from October 25-27, 2017.
A statement issued by the Bank indicated that Ghana has been selected to be a Founding Member of the Investment Reformers Network, which will be inaugurated at the Forum.
“For a long time, different international indicators have captured reforms undertaken by Governments to improve the ease of undertaking business by small and medium firms. However, those indicators do not capture the transformational Investment Policy and Promotion (IPP) reforms that can unlock FDI. Thus, key reforms impacting FDI and its spillover effects on the domestic economy may go unnoticed by the international investment community.
“The Investment Reformers Network aims at providing visibility to such transformational reforms with inputs from WBG (World Bank Group) support, and showcase their impact to the international business community.
“…Participation in the Investment Reformers Network is by invitation only, at a high political level and comprises a limited number of countries – about 15 worldwide selected for 2017, including the three “Star Reformers”, the statement, signed Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Trade and Competiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group, indicated.
In a related development, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is billed to participate in the 7th Nordic-African Business Summit in Oslo, Norway, slated for October 26, 2017.
According to the organisers, the summit is designed to promote and create awareness of the many business opportunities on the African continent, as well as bridging the Norwegian/Nordic and African business communities.
It is being organised by the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) and Norfund, the Norwegian government’s investment fund for Africa – in partnership with the Financial Times (UK).
The Vice President returns to Accra on Friday October 27, 2017.
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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