President Akufo-Addo on Monday, 16th April, 2018, met with the leader of UK’s Labour Party and leader of the opposition, Rt. Hon Jeremy Corbyn, MP.
The meeting was on the sidelines of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, currently ongoing in the United Kingdom.
President Akufo-Addo noted that Ghana and the United Kingdom continue to maintain strong bonds of friendship and co-operation, adding that the UK remains one of Ghana’s most significant trading partners, and a major source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Akufo-Addo said as members of the Commonwealth, Ghana and the United Kingdom continue to share common values of democratic accountability, good governance, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the rule of law.
The two leaders also discussed issues bordering on the deepening of democracy amongst member states of the Commonwealth, the worsening humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria, United Nations Reforms, in particular reform of the UN Security Council, BREXIT, an increase in trade co-operation between Ghana and the UK, and migration.
Touching on the problem of migration, President Akufo-Addo noted that the structure of most of the economies of Africa, including Ghana, have been dependent, largely on the production and export of raw materials.
These economies, the President noted, cannot create opportunities, wealth and prosperity for the African people, a situation which has fueled the wave of migration of African youths from the continent, who move to Europe in search of jobs.
It is for this reason President Akufo-Addo told Jeremy Corbyn, that Ghana had decided to turn its back on the “old economy”, and focus her energies on building an industrialized, value-added economy, with a modernized agriculture.
President Akufo-Addo invited the Labour Party leader, whose parliamentary constituency of Islington North has a high concentration of Ghanaians, to visit Ghana later in 2018, an invitation which was warmly accepted by Jeremy Corbyn.