Akufo-Addo
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday accepted the credentials of four new envoys accredited by their countries to Ghana at the Jubilee House in Accra.

They are Stephanie S. Sullivan, United States Ambassador, Emad Mugsy Hanna Kamel of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Ambassador Özlem Gülsün Ergün Ulueren of Turkey and Ambassador Pham Anh Tuan of Vietnam.

President Akufo-Addo, at separate sessions, welcomed the envoys to the country saying Ghana is committed to working with them to deepen the ties with their various nations for the mutual benefit of all.

He wished them a successful stay and duty tour in Ghana, and assured them of government’s support to carrying out their duties.

The President briefed them on his administration’s resolve to put the country on a new path of growth, leveraging on its resources to accelerate development and creating wealth for the people.

Thus, Ghana’s relations with other countries is gradually shifting from aid dependency and handouts to trade and partnerships, to enhance the dignity and self-worth of the country.

Ghana, President Akufo-Addo said, was determined to changing the narrative of being dependent on the generosity of other nations and called for cooperation in that regard.

“Its not right that since independence, we are still dependent in many areas of our national lives on the generosity of others. We should by now, be able to stand on our own feet,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo expressed unhappiness with the low volumes of trade among countries in Africa and called on the countries to explore trade and investment opportunities through the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA) for the future prosperity and development of the Continent.

“We are the only continent in the world where trade amongst our nations is so negligible. I believe it is part of the reasons for the general poverty on the continent.”

The situation ought change for the better, he said, and that his administration would work to enhance cooperation between Ghana and Egypt, as well as all other African nations to ensure that they enrolled fully on the CFTA.

Ambassador Sullivan on her part, said she looked forward to mutual partnerships between her country and Ghana and pledged to strengthen ties and advance trade relations between both nations.

Ambassador Kamel also pledged to promote trade and investments between Egypt and Ghana, saying there was a lot more both countries could do to promote investment and trade.

Turkish Envoy Ergün Ulueren told the President that her country was determined to boosting trade ties with Africa and that no effort would be spared to strengthen the already strong relations with Ghana.

The Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Tuan also pledge to promote and seek new areas of cooperation and enhance relations between Ghana and his country.

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