UK MINISTER FOR AFRICA HARRIET BALDWIN VISITING GHANA

ACCRA– The British Minister of State for Africa and International Development, Harriett Baldwin, has arrived in Ghana for a working visit to Ghanaduring which is expected to call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

The British High Commission in Aaccra said in a statement Wednesday that during her discussions with Ghanaian officials, Baldwin would be underlining Britain’s support for the president’s ambition to move Ghana “beyond aid”.

Baldwin is also expected to meet Alan Kyerematen, Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry, to discuss the creation of a UK-Ghana Business Council which would support economic diversification, industrialization and job creation; strengthen partnerships and deliver long-term prosperity for both countries.

Ahead of the visit, Baldwin said: The UK and Ghana have a long-standing friendship based on shared values and strong links between our people.

Under President Akufo-Addo, the country is making remarkable strides towards a Ghana ‘Beyond Aid’. The UK continues to support this vision, which is why we are moving towards a modern partnership for prosperity and growth for both of our countries, by unlocking new opportunities for businesses and investment.

The statement said the Minister would visit Blue Skies Factory in which CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, had invested, to see the importance of private investment in boosting Ghanaian business and how the company had developed a successful business model that could be replicated across Ghana.

It said the fruit factory now employed more than 3,500 Ghanaians and supported many small businesses through its supply chain.

The statement said during her visit, the Minister would announce the UK’s new 20 million pounds Jobs and Economic Transformation (JET) Programme. Over the next six years, the JET Programme would create over 15,000 jobs for Ghanaians and was expected to facilitate over Pound 50 million of additional private sector investment that would drive Ghana’s economic transformation.

It said the Minister would also announce a three-day UK-Ghana Investment Summit to be held in Accra this October. The Summit would bring more than 50 British flagship companies and major investors together to seek new commercial opportunities in Ghana that would support economic growth in Government of Ghana priority sectors such as financial and legal services, agro-processing, light manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK