His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, is scheduled to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a two-day official visit from June 12 – 13, 2019.
His Excellency President Akufo-Addo and delegation, which include the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Ghana, the Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey will be greeted by a Guard of Honour and Welcome Parade at the Argyle International Airport.
During the official visit, President Akufo-Addo will deliver a public lecture at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College on Wednesday June 12th, 2019 at 11 am to an audience comprising of students, business executives, representatives of the Civil Society and the Ghanaian Association in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A Special Sitting of Parliament is scheduled to take place at the House of Assembly at 2:15 pm.
His Excellency will also visit the St. Vincent Botanical Gardens for a tour and tree planting ceremony at 3:20 and at 5pm there will be a joint press briefing between the President and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves to be followed later by a reception at the official residence of the Prime Minister. On June 13th the President and his delegation will tour the Argyle International Airport before leaving the country.
The Republic of Ghana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines established diplomatic relations on August 1, 2008. Since then, our countries continue to strengthen the relationship to foster greater prospects for trade, people-to-people exchanges, and cooperation in oil and gas, agriculture, education, health and tourism, as well as investment opportunities.
Prime Minister Gonsalves made an Official Visit to the Republic of Ghana in November, 2018 as part of the process of cementing deeper cooperation with the African continent. The Ghanaian President’s visit to this country will seek to further deepen existing diplomatic relations.
This is of particular significance as the Government of the Republic of Ghana celebrates the “Year of the Return”, four hundred (400) years after the start of the slave trade.
The President’s visit is part of his 5-day Caribbean region tour. His Excellency will also be visiting the Republic of Guyana, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Jamaica.