The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley, on Wednesday called on former president Jerry John Rawlings at his office in Accra as part of his visit to Ghana.
The two bemoaned what they said was the weakness of institutions established to combat corruption.
Rawlings said the integrity of political leaders was criticial to development on the continent, but unfortunately institutions that should be exacting integrity out of the people had gone weak with time.
He, however, expressed hope that the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption would have a positive ripple effect on the region, calling on Trinidad and Tobago to explore collaboration with that country as well.
Prime Minister Rowley, in sharing President Rawlings’ sentiments, said one of the failings of developing countries was their tendency to allow individuals prevail over institutions, noting that there was a terrible price to pay for it.
“If we subscribe to the rule and supremacy of institutions we stand a much better chance,” he said.
He added that Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana shared a rich history and expressed confidence that his country can join hands with Ghana to develop the oil and gas industry.
Rowley added that the sentiment from all the institutions and people he had visited in Ghana pointed to a “can do” spirit.