Monday, 18 December 2017
Stance on donor support, aid not a hostile act against the world – Nana Addo

Stance on donor support, aid not a hostile act against the world – Nana Addo

By Daniel NONOR, Flagstaff House
The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has reiterated that his government’s position to wean itself off donor support must not be seen as a “hostile act” against the rest of the world, but one which offers Ghana and the rest of the African continent a more equal and profitable way of engaging with the rest of the world in its development agenda.

The President won the admiration of many around the world with his frank engagement with the French President, Mr Emmanuel Macron, during his recent visit to Ghana, on his conviction that dependence on aid and donor support would do Africa no good if it intends to accelerate its development efforts.
Alternatively, Africa can take control of its own destiny by utilising the numerous resources while engaging the rest of the world on partnerships that encourage self-sufficiency towards development.
“It is not any hostile act against the rest of the world; on the contrary, it provides us with a better platform with which we engage with the rest of the world in a more equal and profitable manner,” he said.
“It is time that we wean ourselves off dependence; 60 years after independence, we can’t continue going around cup in hand; we should be able to do things for ourselves,” he emphasised.
The President made these emphatic comments when the Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Maria T. de Luna, and three other ambassadors presented their letters of credence to him at the Flagstaff House yesterday.
Recounting relations between Ghana and Brazil, the President recalled the effort of his predecessor, President Agyekum Kufuor, in setting the building blocks for bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that “it’s our turn to build on them”.
He expressed appreciation to the Brazilian government for its involvement in agriculture development in Ghana.
He encouraged Brazilian companies to take advantage of the thriving business environment to invest in Ghana.
“We want to encourage Brazilian companies to come and build their businesses in Ghana”, he noted.
The Brazilian ambassador, on her part, recounted the solid diplomatic relations that have existed between the two countries over the years, and hopes to further strengthen those relations going forward.
She pledged her commitment to drive Brazilian investments to Ghana, as well as increase trade volumes between the two countries.
She lauded Ghana’s democratic credentials on the African continent, adding that Brazil stands with Ghana in further deepening democracy and social protection on the continent.
She also complimented Ghana’s determination to build her economy beyond aid, adding that Brazil would complement those efforts by collaborating in key sectors such as agriculture and exchange of research in other key sectors to spur social and economic development.
The three other ambassadors are Ms Genevieve A. Kennedy, Liberia; Mrs Inger Ultvedt, Sweden; and Alicia Rico Perez Del Pulgar, Spain.
The President assured the envoys of his government’s commitment to make their tour of duty in the country a successful one.

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