The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left the country last week to embark on a working visit to France, Belgium, and South Africa. A few minutes ago, the President has released his first photos from his visit to France. The President also told Ghanaians his purpose in France.
According to him, the main aim of the Ghana government in France to attend a Summit on Financing African Economies. This Summit seeks to bring together several African and European leaders, and heads of international financing institutions to discuss how to boost a strong and sustainable economy.
The discussion will also include investment in the private sector. This is where African leaders will encourage foreign governments and businesses to invest in Africa's economy for mutual growth.
This is what President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wrote on his official Facebook page:
"I am currently in Paris, France, attending a Summit on Financing African Economies, which is being convened by the French President, His Excellency Emmanuel Macron. The Summit, which will bring together several African and European leaders, and heads of international financial institutions, will devise strategies that will boost strong, inclusive recovery in Africa, grounded in a dynamic private sector, help foster sustainable progress and prosperity, and accelerate the green and digital transition in line with the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change".
This comment from the President has propelled many Ghanaians to question him about Ghana beyond aid. President Akufo-Addo before he became President told Ghanaians that "We are sitting on money but we are hungry". God did not put us in this rich country to be poor so when he becomes President, his government will not burrow too much to develop the country because there are more monies avenues in the country.
But today, he has burrowed more than any President in history and still attending Summit in Europe to help boost our economy. The first question is; why discuss Africa's economic financing in Europe? It is an indication that though we have gained independence from the whites, we cannot manage our own economy without them. If not, the meeting would have been held here in Africa.
In view of this, some Ghanaians are asking President Akufo-Addo about his promise he made to them about Ghana beyond Aid. We believe that we have all the resources a country needs to develop but we still seek foreign aid. The question is; why?
Check out comments from some Ghanaians below:
A Facebook user known as Andy Drew Fetcher reacted that "Financing Africa Economies in Paris France. Let hand over the continent to the whites to colonial us again because the African Leaderships have failed the continent completely. Was this the Total Independent(total liberation) our forefathers fought for".
Another Facebook user known as Emmanuel Sasu said that "Financing Africa. Don't we have enough to take care of ourselves? When will you love Ghana and not money?"
Fredrick Fabena Facio added that "Ghana beyond Aid. Talk they say is cheap".
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