Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves Arrives In Ghana

Dr Gonsalves received by Ghana’s Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. GNA

(GHANA) – Prime Minister  Dr Ralph Gonsalves, on Monday 26th November 2018, arrived in Accra for a five-day state visit to the country.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia met him on arrival Monday afternoon at the Kotoka International Airport.

On Tuesday, November 27, Dr Gonsalves would hold discussions with African Caribbean Personalities in Accra, perform a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, pay a visit to the George Padmore Library and later pay a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, the Seat of Government.

Gonsalves would hold discussions with Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, Dr Afriyie Owusu Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture and Madam Catherine Abelema Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.

On Wednesday, November 28, Dr Gonsalves would pay a historic visit to the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles, the two historic places that played significant roles in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which saw thousands of Africans shipped to Europe and Americas to work in sugarcane plantations.

On Thursday, November 29, Prime Minister  Gonsalves will pay a visit to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and later hold a private discussion with former President John Agyekum Kufour at his private residence in Accra.

Dr Gonsalves would also deliver a public lecture on the theme: “Rebuilding the African-Brazil-Caribbean Movement for Trade, Cultural and Diplomatic Enhancement and Reparation” at the main auditorium of the African University College of Communications (AUCC).

Dr Gonsalves departs Accra on Friday, November 29

3 Comments

  1. Thank you for your hard work to gave us a wealth of information it will par off be bless have a great joyful day one love gave thanks and prayers to the Lord amen peace

  2. A recent series of Documentaries was able to document the details of the beginning of the shockingly sordid Slave Trade. It was able to detail the abuse while setting out the main players in that sordid trade, its consequences which were to follow, even on us here in SVG today.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2018/08/slavery-routes-gold-world-180813075335977.html

    Note: [At the end of the Middle Ages, Europe opened up to the world and discovered that it was at the margins of the world’s main area for wealth generation, Africa.

    Portuguese explorers were the first to set out to conquer Africa’s gold. When explorers reached the coast of West Africa, they saw its people as a supply of labour and the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade was established.

    Economic ambition coupled with a religiously driven effort to expand Christendom Pope, Nicholas V morally endorsed the Portuguese enterprise and a legal framework for the enslavement of Africa.

    “This was an extremely violent economy of predation,” explains Antonio De Almeida Mendes, University of Nantes, France. “The Portuguese would disembark and rush arms in hand to capture the inhabitants of these African coasts, starting with Mauritania and then Senegal, where poor fishermen lived. They were captured with nets.”

    The Portuguese set up a triangular trading system off the coast of West Africa – between Elmina, Sao Tome and the Kingdom of Kongo. They traded European goods for slaves in the Kongo and slaves for gold in Elmina. Sao Tome was developed into a sugar plantation. 4,000 Africans were brought to Sao Tome as slaves to work the sugar plantation every year.

    It was the start of a system that later expanded across the Atlantic and thrived in the Americas.

    The Portuguese were the uncontested masters of the slave trade by 1620. European ships picked up slaves from West Africa, transported them to Brazil and the Caribbean and then returned to Europe with vessels full of produce for sale.

    By 1789, 7.7 million Africans were deported to the Americas. All of Europe joined Portugal to take control of African gold and slaves including Flemish, German, English, Genoese and Venetian merchants.]

    How many individuals in SVG know the beginnings of their own history?

  3. The part played by Ghana in the selling of Gold, Silver, Slaves and The Atlantic Slave Trade, when 12 Million people were sent into captivity. Ghana indeed was a very big market in the selling of Gold, Silver & Slaves.

    As to the Slave markets, there were 65 slave markets in Ghana alone and where the children of slaves became slaves themselves too, once those slaves were exported to the Americas and the Caribbean!

    Herein is “The birth of the industrial revolution”. Read Phyllis Deane “The first industrial Revolution”.

    The “Book identifies the strategic changes in economic organisation, industrial structure and technological progress associated with the industrial revolution, which took place in Britain over the century 1750-1850 and which marked a watershed in world economic development – the beginnings of modern economic growth for developed countries and an example of spontaneous industrialisation for third world countries”.

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