President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will be in Guyana on June 11, 2019 for a state visit. This announcement was today made by President David Granger as he received letters of credence from the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana, Professor Abena Pokua Adompim Busia, at a ceremony held at the Ministry of the Presidency.

The Head of State noted that Guyana and Ghana are joined by ties of blood, history, and common interests and that Guyana would have joined in heralding Ghana’s Independence in 1957.

“Some cultural organisations observe, annually, the 6th March as Ghana Day. Guyana and Ghana have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 14th May 1979, forty years ago. Our relations are founded on mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for international law and treaties, and the maintenance of international peace and security,” President Granger said.

The President also said the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states this year is a propitious time for deepening and strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

“Guyana, in this regard, extends a warm welcome to the visiting high-level delegation and private sector delegation from Ghana. We anticipate that this visit will lay a solid foundation for cooperation between our states. Guyana is in transition towards the establishment of a ‘green state’ which will see more emphasis being placed on the protection of our environment, the preservation of our biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy generation, and practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. Guyana’s ‘green state’ will allow us to respond more effectively to the challenges posed by climate change,” he added.

Further, President Granger noted that he met His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in 2018 and again this year during his visit to the Republic of Cuba, where the Ghanaian leader accepted an invitation to visit Guyana.

“Guyana prepares to host a state visit of President Akufo-Addo on 11-12 June 2019. We are confident that this visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two states, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, private sector cooperation, tourism, and transportation,” the Head of State said.

Meanwhile, High Commissioner Pokua Adompim Busia, in her remarks, said that Ghana and Guyana have long-standing historical relations which date back centuries. She noted that the two countries share close bonds of affinity and friendship, steeped in a history which makes the relationship special.



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