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Angela Merkel arrives in Ghana today for bilateral talks

German Chancellor Merkel and President Akufo Addo

President Akufo Addo will on Thursday, August 30, 2018, receive German Chancellor; Angela Merkel, for bilateral discussions as part of her three-nation West African tour.

The German Chancellor will on her arrival hold bilateral discussions at the Jubilee House which will focus on Efforts at Ghana’s Economic Resurgence and Migration.

Among issues to be discussed is security in the sub-region and Ghana’s role in addressing it. Countries which will be in focus during the discussion will be Togo, Mali and Nigeria and the recent efforts of Ghana led by President Akufo-Addo in providing leadership to address the challenges.

Minister for Information-designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced at a press briefing on Wednesday that Chancellor Angela Merkel will later participate in a panel discussion on Compact for Africa focusing on the areas of priority for partnership.

He explained that Ghana has been included in the Compact for Africa and about 100 million Euros are going towards energy and financial services as part of the Government’s efforts to improve the situation in the aforementioned areas.

“Moving forward, it’s important to discuss the relationship around the compact and what next steps to take,” he averred.

Angela Merkel will also visit Nigeria and Senegal as part of the three-nation West African tour.

Akufo-Addo was in Germany in February this year and whiles there, he addressed the German-Ghanaian Economic Forum organised by the German Chamber of Commerce and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

At that forum, Akufo-Addo expressed Ghana’s readiness to shift its relations with Germany from the age-old export of raw materials and aid to trade and investment.

He explained that an increase in trade and investment co-operation between the two countries was the only way to put Ghanaian products at the high end of the value chain in the global marketplace and, thereby, create jobs for the teeming masses of Ghanaians, particularly the youth.

While expressing his delight in the fact that German development co-operation was being aligned with his government’s vision of moving Ghana Beyond Aid, President Akufo-Addo added that his administration had implemented measures aimed at attracting investment, both domestic and foreign, as well as stimulating the growth of the Ghanaian private sector.

 

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