GHANAIAN PRESIDENT CONTINUES ECOWAS TOUR WITH VISITS TO SENEGAL, GUINEA, CAPE VERDE

ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana left here Monday on the second phase of his official working visits to fellow member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which will take him to Seengal, Guinea and Cape Verde.

The president, who took office early this year, has already visited the three countries closest to Ghana -- Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire -- to introduce himself to and deepen relations with countries in the ECOWAS. The tour will further the president's quest to strengthen bilateral ties and to restate Ghana's commitment to the ECOWAS project.

Later this month, he will pay official working visits to Nigeria, Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

During the first-leg of his ECOWAS tour, he rallied his counterparts to strengthen the sub-regional bloc and give true meaning to the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement of Goods and Persons by promoting open borders in the community.

He atressed that such a move would promote regional cohesion and economic development and would boost trade and tourism, and, thus ensure that the peoples of the ECOWAS reaped the economic benefits.

President Akufo-Addo will be in Senegal from Monday to Wednesday, and will visit Guinea from Wednesday to Friday and Cape Verde from Friday to Sunday. He is being accompanied by Foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and officials of the Presidency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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