Kamala Harris, the Vice President of the United States of America (USA), has stated that Ghanaians participated in free and fair elections last year.
This, she claimed, underscored the country’s dedication to democratic ideas and institutions.
She announced this on Thursday, September 23, 2021, during bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo at the White House, with the goal of strengthening the bilateral bonds of cooperation and friendship.
She reminded President Akufo-Addo, “Last December, the people of Ghana voted in a free and fair election that reaffirmed your nation’s commitment to democratic ideals and institutions.”
— Ghana Presidency (@GhanaPresidency) September 26, 2021
She also praised President Akufo-Addo for fostering an environment that allows American companies to prosper in the oil-producing West African country.
She noted that American companies are continuing to expand in Ghana because they recognize the importance of the work they do there to the American economy, much less to the Ghana-US alliance.
Mrs. Harris welcomed President Akufo-Addo to the White House, saying that the meeting “is a reaffirmation of the strength of the connection between the United States and Ghana, and of course we have deep historical links or an official bilateral relationship that dates back to 1957.”
She emphasized that “American companies continue to ramp up in Ghana, knowing the importance of the work they do there to America’s economy, much less to the Ghana-US connection.”
“And they do so because we have faith in the Ghanaian government and the atmosphere, Mr. President, that you have established, which allows us to have some confidence in the rule of law and human rights. As a result of all of this, we look forward to continuing to collaborate.”
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, expressed gratitude to Vice President Harris for the invitation, emphasizing that Ghana and the United States of America share many of the same commitments.
“We want to grow our country as a democracy, where freedom, respect for human rights, and the rule of law are central to our governing system,” he stated.
While thanking the United States for its assistance in combating the epidemic in Ghana, he stated that the “other big worry for us is the co-operation that we have to put together to battle the Jihadist insurgency in the Sahel.”
He believes it is an area in which the US government should be involved.
“We are seeking assistance so that our armed forces and intelligence services in our region can be in better situations. Many of those heading Jihadist insurgencies in West Africa are Iraqis who fled after being thrown out of the country, therefore I believe there is information here that can help us trace down and deal with these individuals,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that Ghana and the United States will continue to “advance our mutual causes” and “strengthen our bilateral relations” in the coming years.