The new President of Madagascar, Mr. Andry Nirina Rajoelina, has applauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of moving Ghana to a state beyond aid.
He further commended the Akufo-Addo administration’s sound economic policies, which he said had spawned impressive developments in Ghana and made the country one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa and the world within the past two years.
Mr. Rajoelina gave the commendation on Saturday when he held bilateral talks with President Akufo-Addo in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, shortly after being sworn into office in an impressive ceremony.
The Swearing-in ceremony was attended by Guinean leader Alpha Condé President Hage Geingob of Namibia; Zambian President Edgar Lungu; and the President of Comoros, Azali Assoumani.
Also present were the Vice-President of Cote d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan; Vice-President of the Seychelles, Vincent Meriton; former President of the Republic of Mozambique and former Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Joaquim Chissano; and the former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.
Mr. Rajoelina praised President Akufo-Addo’s decision to situate an industrial establishment in all parts of the country, guarantee access to education for all of Ghana’s children, and move toward making Ghana self-sufficient in the production of food.
All of these, he said, were signs of a Ghana being put onto the path to progress and prosperity, and indicated his preparedness to deepen the relations between the two countries for the mutual benefit of their peoples.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, congratulated President Rajoelina on his ascension to the high office of President of the Republic of Madagascar, and wished him well during his tenure of office.
He commended his Madagascan counterpart for his decision to restructure the economy for ‘strong growth’, as well as establish independent bodies akin to Ghana’s Office of Special Prosecutor to combat corruption in the island-nation.
President Akufo-Addo assured President Rajoelina of the Ghanaian people’s continued solidarity with the people of Madagascar, and pledged to do his best to deepen the ties of cooperation, friendship and trade between the two countries.
President Akufo-Addo returned home from Madagascar on Sunday, January 20.