- Ghana's Foreign Affairs Minister has applauded President Akufo-Addo for the opportunities he brings to the country through his travels
- According to the minister, Ghana is now benefitting enormously from the president’s trips
- She also announced an increase in the number of booklets and introduction of microchips into the Ghanaian passport as parts of an agenda to improve security features and service delivery for passport applicants in Ghana and abroad
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway, believes President Akufo-Addo’s frequent travels have been massively beneficial to Ghanaians.
She said Ghana’s bilateral and economic relations with several countries have been strengthened due to the President’s frequent travels.
The Minister said most of the President’s trips are in the national interest and to substantially deepen Ghana’s international diplomatic footprint with other countries.
Mrs. Ayorkor-Botchway said this during the Information Ministry’s ‘Meet The Press’ encounter held in Accra on Tuesday, August 6.
She further pointed to the signing of the Abidjan Declaration between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire as proof that the President’s trips are yielding results.
The Abidjan Declaration has seen both countries agree to coordinate a standard price of cocoa that gives them more control over the market value.
The Minister dispelled reports that the President Akufo-Addo’s trips are vacations, insisting such reports are false.
She said the President is using his frequent travels to strengthen bilateral relations and to bring development to Ghana.
According to her, bilateral relations with countries in the Middle East, the Minister have heled Ghana improve in the areas of education, trade and investment, employment and tourism.
She said relations with China have also helped the country benefit from projects like the Sinohydro deal, the Tamale interchange and others.
"There are so many benefits so I can assure that these trips are not vacation trips or frivolous trips or any such thing.
“It comes with great benefits and it is creating a lot towards our development of our country,” Mrs. Ayorkor-Botchway added.
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