SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
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At President Nana Addo Dankwa's meeting with the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner and other members of the business community in Houston, he said Ghana will continue to protect legitimate investments, and preserve the atmosphere of peace, stability and security that has been an important contributor to the increasing presence of investors in Ghana.
Following his meeting with them, he made a visit to the White House. Below is the dialogue they had at the meeting.
Vice President Harris made it known to Akufo-Addo they both countries share a commitment to democracy. Last December, the people of Ghana voted in a free and fair election that demonstrated Ghana's commitment to democratic principles. She congratulated Akufo-Addo for his 2nd term in office.
Vice President Harris made everyone know that Ghana's diaspora in the United States is significant, and the United States is stronger for it.
According to her, the United States is proud to be a member of COVAX and the African Union. They have donated more than 1.2 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Ghana. She proudly to announced that they will, shortly, send more than Pfizer vaccine to Liberia.
The United States and Ghana are working together to expand our economic relationship. American companies continue to ramp up in Ghana, understanding the significance of their work there to America's economy. They do this also because they have confidence in the government of Ghana and the environment. And so, with all of that, they look forward to continuing to work together on all of these issues.
After her speech, President Akufo-Addo continued that, Ghana's big challenge is to ensure and reassure the people that democratic institutions can be a vehicle for the resolution of their big problem - economic development. "Our commitments are very much the same commitments as you have. We want to develop our nation as a democracy, as a country where freedom and the respect for human rights and the rule of law are paramount to our system of governance" he said.
He thanked the United States for the support that their government has given Ghana in trying to deal with the virus. Thus, the COVAX facility, and the donation that we've had through the donation of 1.2 million doses of the Moderna and the promise they have made that more is on the way. According to Ghana's President, the impact of Covid-19 on us has been not as originally anticipated; it has been milder than it has. Part of it is the work that the government did, and part of it's the general environment in which the disease is working on the continent.
Ghana's main preoccupation is to try and vaccinate at least 20 million of its people against the Ebola virus by the end of this year. The Ghanaian population is about 30 million. If we are able to achieve that, we will then be more confident about defeating the virus, in the context of Ghana.
The Jihadist insurgency in the Sahel is a major security preoccupation. Organizations such as the G5 Sahel, ECOWAS, the Lake Chad initiative have all come together to try and push it back.
But according to the President of Ghana, we are not seeking military assistance in the form of American troops or otherwise. We are looking for support for our armed forces and for intelligent agencies of our area, that they can be in a stronger position.
He expressed his warm greetings to the President and indicated to him that, in Ghana, he has a friend in office, and the people of Ghana have a very good feeling.
Both exchanged appreciation and the meeting ended.
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