Ghana has a strong democracy – Guyana President

Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, has stated that Ghana, like his country, has a strong democracy.

President Ali made the remarks while speaking at a State Dinner in Georgetown, Guyana, on Sunday, December 5, 2021, in honor of Ghana’s visiting Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

“Not one of the usual engagements or talks,” but one with clearly defined outcomes for both countries.

“We are very excited about this strategic partnership, which has the attention of the highest levels of government.” We held bilateral meetings with Ghana President H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo on the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly meeting, and within weeks, a timetable for designing and implementing a framework for strategic cooperation was in place. Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, our Vice President, was in Ghana within a few weeks. Just a few weeks later, Ghana’s Vice President arrives to continue working on the framework.

“This is a sign of concrete progress, and we will continue to engage and agree on practical steps and policies for the mutual benefit of our two countries,” President Ali said, drawing applause from the crowd, which included the Prime Minister, Chief Justice, heads of security agencies, ministers of state, captains of industry, and some Ghana government officials.

Ghana's Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Guyana President Mohamed Irfaan Ali
Ghana’s Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Guyana President Mohamed Irfaan Ali

Vice President Bawumia, who is on a three-day working visit to Guyana less than two months after his Guyanese counterpart, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, led a delegation to Ghana, promised “rigorous, open, and mutually beneficial” discussions between Ghana Government officials and private sector leaders with their Guyanese counterparts, with the ultimate goal of knowledge-sharing and improved livelihoods for the two countries.

“Ghana and Guyana have long-standing historical ties.” We have similar natural resources, and science tells us that we were all part of one continent until the continental shelves broke apart and drifted away. Our histories are also very similar, and our bonds are extremely strong. This, I believe, is the foundation for a long-term partnership as we collaborate to design and implement measures that position us as masters of our own destinies.”

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