UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson admitted that the UK and Ghana have similar interest in terms of foreign policy and security as well as ensuring “stability of the region, which affects us in Europe as much as anybody else”.
He was speaking after a private meeting with President Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday (February 15, 2017) at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
“We hope to have an even deeper friendship going forward and particularly we want to make sure that British firms come here in greater numbers and in greater strengths to invest in Ghana and, if I may say so, take advantage of the fantastic opportunities there are in this country,” Boris said.
He admitted that the UK and Ghana have similar interest in terms of foreign policy and security as well as ensuring “stability of the region, which affects us in Europe as much as anybody else”.
He praised the many Ghanaians who have contributed to the success of the UK during his tenure as the Mayor of London.
“As you know, I used to be Mayor of London and in our great city, we were fortunate beneficiaries of many Ghanaians who contributed massively to our society.We have several MPs in the UK of Ghanaian extraction as you may know and it is a huge pleasure to be able to congratulate you personally, on your triumph and to see your government fluidly underway to meet the challenges the people of Ghana want you to meet,” he stated.
President Nana Akufo-Addo also described the talks with the British Foreign Secretary as fruitful. He said it was mainly on foreign policy, security in the sub-region and trade cooperation.
“I think that a lot of work has been done to make sure that the relations between us and Great Britain continue to be on an even keel and that the areas for greater trade cooperation and business cooperation; both sides are looking at that to see what can be done to improve.”
“At the end of the day, we are both concerned about what we can do to improve the lives of our various people, and that is the main consideration,” President Akufo-Addo added.
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The Member of Parliament for Windsor and the UK’s Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie accompanied Johnson on the visit.
Johnson is expected to tour Ghanaian owned company Blue Skies Ghana Limited. He will also meet business leaders and young entrepreneurs supported by the Department for International Development’s ENGINE-Ghana project, and meet with Rising Black Stars, highlighting both countries’ extensive cultural ties.