Monday, 18 December 2017
UK will strengthen trade relations with Ghana – Prime Minister

UK will strengthen trade relations with Ghana – Prime Minister

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to consolidate trade relations between Ghana and Britain.

She indicated that increasing the volumes of trade between the two countries was the key to boosting the growth, progress and prosperity of the two countries and their respective populations.
Prime Minister May noted further that next year’s Commonwealth Summit, which would be held in London, would present member states with the opportunity “to grow together”, and was pleased that President Akufo-Addo would be participating in the summit.
She was hopeful that during her tenure of office, the United Kingdom would continue to build “on the strong relationship we have with Ghana.”
May says she will ensure an improvement in the historic ties between the two countries.
She also commended President Akufo-Addo and Ghana for a successful 60th anniversary celebration of independence from British rule.
The PM said this when the President called on her at Number 10 Downing Street for bilateral talks as part of a three-day visit to London.
The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the ties of co-operation between the two countries and move the bilateral relations to a point beyond aid.
The pair also discussed issues bordering on next year’s Commonwealth Summit, as preparations for the Summit intensify.
£1 billion UK exports to Ghana
Ghana is the UK’s fourth largest export market in sub-Saharan Africa, with a total of £1 billion.
President Akufo-Addo appreciates warm welcome
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, thanked the British Prime Minister for the warm welcome afforded him and his delegation.
He said even though the two countries parted ways 60 years ago after colonial rule, it did not end relations between them.
Despite it being “60 years since we parted company”, President Akufo-Addo noted, Ghana and the United Kingdom “did not part company for good”.
Strong relationships between the two countries, the President indicated, have existed regardless of the governments of the day, and assured Prime Minister May that, under his leadership as President of Ghana, the already strong relationship will continue.
President Akufo-Addo was hopeful that his and the period of office of his British counterpart would be marked by the strengthening of the bilateral relations between the two countries for the mutual benefit of the two countries and their respective populations.
According to the President, Ghana was looking forward eagerly to next year’s Commonwealth Summit, which would provide the opportunity to reinvigorate the Commonwealth around its theme of ‘A Common Future’, and make it a dynamic instrument for the growth of the global community in the 21st century. President Akufo-Addo congratulated British Prime Minister Theresa May on the decision of the British government to host next year’s summit.
Ghana and UK ties
Akufo-Addo’s visit to the UK comes at a time when Ghana and the UK seem to have reinforced their relationship.
Among the high-profile invitees who graced President Akufo-Addo’s swearing-in ceremony was the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, Adam Afriyie, who attended on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II.
About three other top British leaders have also visited the country on separate occasions following the swearing-in of Akufo-Addo.
They include UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
President Akufo-Addo also paid a three-day visit to the UK in June 2017.

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