Ghana is systematically rising to become an influential player in the affairs of the global community, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
“We do want, and we shall work, to take Ghana to where she deserves to be — a prosperous and dynamic member of the world community which is neither a victim nor a pawn of the world order,” he stated.
The President made the declaration in a speech delivered in Dusseldorf, Germany, last Monday as part at the 75th anniversary celebration of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s number one industrial region and most populous state.
President Akufo-Addo is in Germany for a seven-day state visit at the invitation of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Addressing the gathering, which included Chancellor Merkel and the Minister-President for North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, President Akufo-Addo said Ghana was determined to participate fully in the global marketplace as an exporter of manufactured goods, not raw materials.
President Akufo-Addo added that the country was drawing inspiration from the success stories of North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany because, “likewise, we want to build a progressive and prosperous country”.
He said with Germany being a major exporter of industrial products and technology, led by North Rhine-Westphalia, Ghana’s relationship with Germany was of utmost importance and must be hinged on that.
“The recent establishment of a Volkswagen assemblying plant in Accra is a welcome development, and we are encouraged by the fact that more and more German companies have expressed their willingness to set up shop in Ghana,” he said.Trade and investment
The President said one of Ghana’s priority was to increase trade and investment co-operation with Germany because that could develop into economic relations with Germany and the rest of the world, thereby helping put Ghanaian products at the high end of the global value chain.
That, he explained, would lead to the creation of jobs for the teeming masses of Ghanaian youth.
Transparency and inclusiveness
“Thirdly, Ghana and Germany must co-operate to ensure the promotion of transparent and inclusive policy and decision-making processes at local, national, regional, continental and global levels.
“This will include, recognising as key stakeholders, the state to help provide direction and facilitation; the private sector to drive the creation and management of markets, agriculture, industry and decent jobs, and civil society to help ensure accountability within the body politic,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated his commitment to renew and deepen relations with Germany, with North Rhine-Westphalia at the centre, for the mutual advantage of the two countries.
Private Legal Practitioner, Lawyer Gary Nimako Marfo says the lawyer at the centre of the US$5 million alleged bribery scandal involving the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana sounds ‘unserious’.
He claimed lawyer Kwasi Afrifa has till now not been able to provide any factual evidence to back his wild allegation against the Chief Justice.
To him, the lawyer's allegation is only based on hearsay.
"He should prove his allegation before the committee, ‘ ’ doesn’t work in court. No, we are not joking here, he should prove his allegation,” he told ’s morning show, Ghana Montie.
Kwasi Afrifa is now facing a 9-count charge leveled against him by the General Legal Council on his allegation against Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah
He is at the moment, fighting a legal battle in the High Court after the Council in its initial hearings concluded that he (Kwasi Afrifa) was cited for misconduct.
The Zongo Development Fund and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) are to collaborate to ensure effective broadcast of development oriented stories about Zongo communities in the country.
The stories will be geared towards fostering attitudinal change and empowering the people to take up more challenging vocations.
Under the partnership, ZoDF will be afforded the opportunity to utilize the various broadcast platforms of the GBC to strengthen the execution of its mandate in Zongo communities.
This initiative was deliberated upon when the Chief Executive Officer of the Zongo Development Fund, Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai, paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of the GBC, Professor Amin Alhassan, at his office, today (Wednesday).
In his opening remarks, Dr. Abdulai expressed the gratitude of the Fund to the GBC for the “marvelous” support it has rendered to the Fund so far in terms of publicity.
He recounted several instances of collaboration in broadcasting the programmes, projects and interventions of the Fund by the GBC across the length and breadth of the country.
Dr. Abdulai stated that the Fund was committed to the strengthening of the collaboration with GBC.
George Mireku Duker, the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources in charge of mines has given workers of the Ghana Bauxite Company the assurance that government will not make any move that will deprive them of their livelihoods.
According to him, government’s ultimate aim is to protect the livelihoods of the staff, ensure the sustainability of the company and strategically position it as the nation’s foremost bauxite firm.
Addressing the staff after a meeting with the management of Ghana Bauxite Company on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, George Mireku Duker explained that the immediate steps being taking by government are targeted at streamlining activities of the company so that it does not flout the country’s mining laws and also guarantee maximum benefit for the state and the workers.
Mireku Duker averred that there is huge potential for the company and that government is bent on finding ways to explore the potential of the company to its apex and make it a viable source of revenue and employment.
“I will ask you to relax because you are the reason we are here. The welfare you the Ghanaians and the company are reasons we are here. We are not going to leave you behind. We’ll carry you along for the prospect and future of this company. You may have a heart that will say I wouldn’t understand what the minister is saying but in all sincerity we all here for the betterment of this country and that explains our visit this morning.
“We are here to give you the assurance that government will not do anything to thwart your working future. We are here and care for you. You’ve been working for this company and it has reached a certain level where government want to takeover the shares of this company. As the supervising ministry, we are working to ensure that we make the settlement so please never lose trust and faith or throw your hand in despair. There is a future that is going to see this government move from strength to strength. So I’m here to assure you of our commitment” he said.
The Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuaem noted that the company’s fortunes has dwindled over the years due to inefficient management but government through the Ministry of Lands is prepared to ensure a turnaround.
A flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country touched down early Wednesday in Uganda where they will be given temporary refuge, government and diplomatic officials said.
"The Government of the Republic of Uganda this morning received Fifty One (51) evacuees from Afghanistan who arrived aboard a privately chartered flight at the Entebbe International Airport," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It said it followed a request from the US government to temporarily host "at-risk" Afghan nationals and others who are in transit to the United States and other destinations worldwide.
The US embassy in Kampala thanked Uganda for its "generosity and hospitality toward these communities".
"The Government of Uganda and the Ugandan people have a long tradition of welcoming refugees and other communities in need," the embassy posted on Twitter.
Uganda hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world -- nearly 1.5 million according to the United Nations, mainly from neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Most live in large refugee settlements in the sparsely populated north of the country but around 81,000 urban refugees live in the capital Kampala.
Aid agencies have repeatedly said that the international response to support refugees in Uganda, a country of about 44 million people, has been underfunded.