Chairman Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
James Duddridge, Minister of Africa (United Kingdom), congratulated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his election for a second term of four years.
According to a statement by the British High Commissioner in Accra, a copy of which was sent to the Ghana News Agency, Daddridge, who led the British delegation at the inauguration of President Akufo-Addo, also met with the leaders of the region to discuss the major challenges facing West Africa in 2021.
He said Dadridge’s visit reaffirmed the long-standing partnership between Britain and Ghana since the presidential and parliamentary elections in December – a partnership based on prosperity and shared interests.
Mr. Duddridge said: It’s great to be back in Accra and West Africa to represent the United Kingdom at the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
I congratulate him and his party on his re-election as president and look forward to his second term after an inclusive, safe and transparent election in Ghana in December.
We have all faced unprecedented challenges in the past year and I am proud that the United Kingdom has supported Ghana and other countries in the region in their fight against the Covid 19 crisis.
With a view to 2021, it is appropriate that I visit this great country as we come together to conclude a mutually beneficial trade agreement that will strengthen our partnership today and in the future.
According to the statement, by meeting with the leaders of Ghana and West Africa, the Minister learned first-hand about the progress each country had made and better understood regional priorities for the coming year, such as improving the recovery of COWID-19, climate change and security.
The visit took place almost a year after the UK-Africa 2020 Investment Summit, in the heart of London’s business centre.
The statement said that Ghana had concluded trade agreements with a total value of more than 300 million pesos a year after the summit, which were discussed at the event.
She said through the UK-Ghana partnership and the UK-Ghana Business Council, the two countries continue to pool their expertise and funding to support Ghana’s infrastructure development ambitions.
The British High Commissioner for Ghana, Mr Ian Walker, welcomed the Minister in Accra: The visit of African Minister James Dudridge to Ghana comes at a time when the country is embarking on a new democratic chapter and the partnership between the United Kingdom and Ghana is being further strengthened.
In addition to attending the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo by Heads of State and Government from across West Africa and around the world, the Minister will celebrate Ghana’s successful role at the UK-Africa Investment Summit and the ongoing commercial relationship between our two countries.
According to the statement he made during his visit, Mr Daddridge will visit the KAD clothing factory in Accra, which is one of three British women’s clothing factories in Ghana.
According to her, the British government works together with companies like KAD to support their growth in the sector and to help them enter the international market, while operating in an honest and ethical manner.
The statement says that in early 2020, in the midst of the COWID-19 pandemic, British aid enabled the DAC to move from the production of clothing to the production of the medical gowns needed in hospitals across the country.
It was Mr. Dudridge’s first visit to Ghana since he became British Minister for Africa last year.
He visited the country in April 2016.
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