“Do Not Ignore Africa” – Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo Appeals To U.S. Governors


“Don’t ignore Africa,” Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, said in the first address by an African leader to the U.S. National Governors Association in Washington, DC.

“Immense opportunities exist for American capital, technology and enterprises in Ghana,” he said. Following the speech, the President left the U.S. to participate in the German-African Economic Forum and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s German-Ghana Business Forum as well as to hold talks with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He returns to the U.S. capital to take part in a forum organized by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee.

In his conclusion, let me reaffirm the commitment of my government and Ghana in standing shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the promotion of human rights on the African continent, and across the globe. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the rejection of terrorism as a legitimate means of resolving political issues.

We appreciate the courageous commitment and the lead role being played in the fight against terrorism by the United States in several parts of the world, including the Sahel region of West Africa. We stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in attempting to develop our economies to provide opportunities for its citizens to fulfil their aspirations, especially the youth. We stand ready to renew and deepen our relations with the United States of America for the prosperity and progress of our two peoples.

May God bless us all, and the peoples of the United States of America and Ghana. I thank you for your attention, and wish you fruitful deliberations.


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