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“Remain United; Fight For A Fairer World Economic Order” – President Akufo-Addo To Acp Group.

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States to remain united, and fight for a fairer world economic order.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the rich nations of the world are not prepared for an equitable and fair-trading order, as a result of the desire for hegemony.

“We have, thus, to depend on ourselves, and continue to fight for a fairer world economic order,” he stressed.

The President made this known on Monday, 9th December, 2019, when he delivered an opening statement, on behalf of the Africa Group, at the 9th Summit of the ACP Group, in Nairobi, Kenya.

With the forebears of the ACP Group envisioning a set of objectives, including the promotion of closer trade and economic relations, and ensuring effective regional and inter-regional co-operation, he stated that the over-arching goal was to help realise a ‘new international economic order’, in which Member States were neither victims nor pawns.

“They believed that the strength of this Organisation would be determined not just by its numbers, but, more significantly, by the quality of its attachment to these objectives,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “Whilst our numbers may make us a formidable group in the world, the realities confronting our respective countries are those of guaranteeing accelerated, sustainable development, the effective integration of our economies into the high-end of the global value chain, and the eradication of poverty, inequality and marginalisation in our nations”.

He, thus, urged ACP Member States to strengthen their co-operation if they are to address these challenges successfully, adding that the reforms urgently needed in the multilateral arena, whether in trade or in peace and security, can be best effected if the Group remains united.

“The threats of climate change, the phenomenon of illegal mass migration, and the scourge of armed conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism can be met head-on and defeated if we act together,” the President added.

Citing the 2018 Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, President Akufo-Addo stated that it “makes for sobering reading, as the ACP Region is described as having a ‘fractured economic and trade structure’, with economies of member states over-reliant on the production and export of raw materials.”

He told the Summit that the time has come for ACP member States to turn over a new page in their economic history, commit themselves to forging more value-added activities, and hinge their relations on a substantial increase in trade and investment co-operation.

That, the President indicated, is the path to progress and prosperity.

With the coming into effect of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), having a market of some 1.2 billion people, with a combined GDP of some three trillion United States dollars ($3 trillion), President Akufo-Addo urged countries from the Caribbean and Pacific regions to take advantage of this new development to strengthen inter-regional co-operation and trade amongst the partners of the ACP.

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152 Kgs Of Cocaine Disguised As Sugar, Busted At Tema Port

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The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), acting in concert with the National Security Council has impounded 152 kgs of cocaine disguised as sugar at the Tema Port.

According to the Narcotics Control body, they received a tip-off that a consignment of 50 containers that was departing Brazil to Ghana was likely to contain the contraband substance.

Acting on the information received, NACOC together with security personnel, mounted surveillance on the shipment until the contraband substances were intercepted.

In all, 150 slabs of substances suspected to be narcotics were retrieved from the consignment under the joint operation.

A number of persons are said to have been arrested and are assisting security personnel with investigations.

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Government to establish model SHSs in Zongo communities – Bawumia

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The government is to establish Model Senior High Schools (SHSs) in all Zongo communities across the country, the Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia announced on Friday.

He emphasized quality education was key to a successful life, hence it was imperative to make SHS education easily accessible to Muslims in the country.

Dr. Bawumia said very soon Zongo communities would realise the fruits of the Zongo Development Fund and witness remarkable improvement in their socio-economic lives.

The Vice President gave the announcement when he addressed the chiefs and people of Wamfie in the Dormaa East and Nkrankwanta in the Dormaa West Districts at separate durbars, as part of his two-day working visit to the Bono Region.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia noted though the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) government nearly collapsed it, the national economy had been resuscitated due to the implementation of sound and pragmatic economic policies by the President Akufo-Addo’s government.

He said the government had successfully repaid cash deposits of 85,000 out of the 88,000 customers of the defunct ‘DKM’ microfinance company whose monies were locked up.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia promised all customers whose monies were locked up would receive their cash deposits, and advised them to exercise patience and cooperate with the official liquidator.

Barimah Dei Kusi Gyabaah, the chief of Amasu in the Dormaa Central Municipality and Ankobeahene of Dormaa Traditional Area, appealed for the reshaping of the Nkrankwanta town roads.

He appealed to the government to stock the Nkrankwanta Polyclinic with medical devices and also provide a tertiary institution to enhance the growth and development of education in the area.

Source: GNA

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‘I’m not like those who cut sods without funding’ -Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he secured funding for every project undertaken under his administration since assuming office.

President Akufo-Addo made this known at Enchi during day 2 of his 3-day tour of the Western North Region, where he cut the sod for the construction of the 71.25-kilometre Enchi to Elubo road, which will cost $116.2 million.

“When I came here a year ago, I assured the Chiefs and people that I will work hard to ensure that the Enchi to Elubo road commences. There were a number of processes, like the contractor and funding sources, that had to be completed before today’s ceremony could take place. All those processes have been successfully completed”

“I am not like some people who rush to cut sods without securing the requisite funding for the projects. I will never do that. When I cut the sod, it means all the processes have been completed and the money for the project is available. I am not out to deceive anyone,” he said.

Touching on the creation of the Western North Region, the President told the gathering that the equitable distribution of development and resources was one of the reasons that necessitated the creation of the region.

He further indicated that the Government had taken the decision to situate offices of the Departments and Agencies in all parts of the region.

He said construction is ongoing for the Regional Education Directorate which will be in Bibiani, as well as the Regional Agriculture Directorate in Juaboso, the Regional Feeder Roads in Aowin, and the Regional Highways Department in Sefwi Wiawso, the capital of the Region.

President Akufo-Addo, therefore, appealed to the people of Aowin to vote massively for him and the NPP’s parliamentary candidate in order to “do more.”

Source: presidency.gov.gh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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