African leaders wish Trump well following COVID diagnosis

African leaders wish Trump well following COVID diagnosis

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo was among the world leaders quick to send encouragement to United States President Donald Trump following the news that Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive for the coronavirus. “My wife Rebecca and I send best wishes,” said Akufo Addo, who was exposed to the…

Ghana’s Akufo Addo elected as new ECOWAS chair

Ghana’s Akufo Addo elected as new ECOWAS chair

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana has been elected the new head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and will replace outgoing chief Mahamadou Issoufou, his Nigerien counterpart. “I am fully aware of the challenges which confront West Africa,” said Akufo Addo in his acceptance speech,…

AfCFTA Secretariat ceremony held in Ghana

AfCFTA Secretariat ceremony held in Ghana

The keys to the new headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat were handed over on Monday in Ghana, where the government also established a permanent residence for the first AfCFTA head. Wamkele Keabetswe Mene, the South African elected to the position in February, delivered remarks at…

Ghana denies Akufo Addo has left country for COVID treatment

Ghanaian authorities on Sunday were denying rumors that President Nana Akufo Addo has left the country for medical treatment, following news that he had been exposed to COVID-19 through a close contact. “Kindly disregard the false story published by the Herald newspaper,” said Eugene Arhin, the president’s communications director, in…

Ghana wants in on the ECO, urges ECOWAS nations to follow

The Government of Ghana has announced its full support for the new ECO currency that will replace the CFA Franc in 2020, and is urging other West African states to do the same. President Nana Akufo Addo, a champion of regional cooperation through the 15-nation ECOWAS organization and a common…

Ghana delivers fishing gear to help reduce IUU practices

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo delivered thousands of outboard motors and other fishing gear to the country’s coastal residents on Tuesday, while encouraging them to end illegal practices and pursue a sustainable industry. Akufo Addo, along with other agency leaders including fisheries minister Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, made the presentation during…

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Ghana selected as home for AfCFTA secretariat

The new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will make its home in Ghana, a decision announced Sunday during an African Union summit in Niger that celebrated the official launch of the free-trade deal. Actual trading under AfCFTA is expected to begin a year from now and when it does,…

Three African presidents on hand for Women Deliver panel

President Sahle-Work Zewde, the first woman to lead Ethiopia, was on hand in Vancouver, Canada, as the Women Deliver 2019 conference kicked off on Monday. The four-day meeting is the world’s largest on gender equity and the rights of women and girls. “For me, the work has just started,” said…

Mass registrations for Ghana Card begin in Accra

Ghanaians in Accra began on Monday to register for the country’s new Ghana Card, the biometric identification system long promised by President Nana Akufo Addo and supervised by the National Identification Authority. People reported to their designated registration centers, but some discovered they were unable to complete their registrations because…

Prince Charles addresses colonialism, climate in Ghana speech

Britain’s Prince Charles, speaking in Ghana during his three-nation tour of West Africa, praised the progress of the nation while addressing the painful history of its colonial past. “The histories of our two nations are, I know, closely intertwined, and while today we enjoy shared opportunity, we can never forget…

Nigeria’s Buhari heads to Niamey for ECOWAS currency meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is headed for Niger to discuss progress on a long-awaited common currency for the region’s West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ). Buhari, along with Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Nigerian Central Bank head Godwin Emefiele, leave Tuesday for Niamey along with other common currency task…

Ghana welcomes African leaders for 60th anniversary celebrations

Ghanians celebrate the 60th anniversary of the nation’s independence Monday, with events that include the 6th March Parade at Independence Square in Accra. The day celebrates the country’s 1957 independence from Britain, a milestone considered the first for sub-Saharan nations on the African continent and an achievement that advanced the end…