The President of the Republic of Ghana, His excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, paid a reciprocal visit to France on the invitation of His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France from the 8th to the 11th July 2019.
The 4-day visit focussed on developing stronger linguistic ties, sustainable economic cooperation and encouraging trade and investments, while underlining existing initiatives between the two countries such as the Ghana-France political dialogue and collaborative efforts with the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). The latter was characterized by the signing of an accord during talks held between President Akufo-Addo and Madam Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General of OIF later during the visit. The accord aims at strengthening the presence of the French language in Ghana and developing stronger relations with members of the organisation.
To kick start his visit the President met with the Ghanaian community, shared the progress and achievements of the government and the country, and addressed popular concerns in a question and answer session with the input of the Foreign and Education Ministers.
Keeping in line with His Excellency Akufo-Addo’s vision of redefining economic partnerships and relationships with Ghana, the Embassy of Ghana in Paris officially launched the Ghana-France Business Club during the maiden edition of the France-Ghana business forum organized in conjunction with Business France, the French Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC). The initiative is intended to support the Ghanaian Embassy in enhancing its trade and investment promotion services but also encourage and be the intermediary between the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) and French businesses and investors, as well as the Ghanaian and African diaspora seeking to invest and/or set up business operations in Ghana. In this regard a select delegation including H.E. Anna Bossman, Ambassador of Ghana to France; Mr. Yoofi Grant, CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC); Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education and Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, Minister Defence, paid a courtesy call to Marseille’s Palais de la Bourse, the Marseille-Fos Port and the start-up incubator “the camp”.
Affirming France and Ghana’s commitment to the advancement of the African diaspora, both presidents met with representatives of the afore-mentioned group at an event organised by the Élysée on 11th July where H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo tasked African people and their leaders to take charge of their own destinies, abandon the mentality of being dependent on aid and charity, and work towards transforming their countries.
The entire visit was a sequel to President Macron’s visit to Ghana on the invitation of President Akufo-Addo on 30th November 2017 after the African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan.
Ghana Embassy in France Press Release No2019-02