UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Adam Afriyie to attend Akufo-Addo’s inauguration

January 6, 2017
Source: B&FT Online | Ghana
UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Adam Afriyie to attend Akufo-Addo’s inauguration


UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie is expected to attend the inauguration of the President-elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo tomorrow. 

According to a release issued by the British High Commission, his visit will strengthen and promote the existing trade relations between Ghana and the UK, putting partnership at the centre of bilateral relations.

As well as meeting key members of the incoming administration, including the newly elected President himself, Mr. Afriyie will also meet members of the newly founded UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC), leading businesses in Ghana, and infrastructure experts to discuss how the UK can support Ghana to achieve some of its long-term development goals.

Ghana is the UK’s fourth largest export market in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, two-way bilateral trade in goods and services totalled just over £1billion. This, however, was a reduction by fully a third from the peak figure of £1.5billion in 2012.

During his five-day visit (January 5-9), Mr. Afriyie will chair discussions to underpin a deeper partnership centred on “UK expertise and Ghanaian capability”. The visit will help foster an even stronger relationship with the business community in Ghana.

As President Nana Akufo-Addo takes office, the UK aims to continue to be a crucial partner in advancing economic development in Ghana, supporting the growth of businesses and expanding trade.

“We hope that will lead to more vital investment, job creation and an expanding tax base, which can better enable the government to deliver essential public services,” the statement said.