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VIDEO: President Nana Akufo-Addo historic keynote speech at NGA #WeTheStates

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured the Governors of the United States of America that Ghana will stand shoulder to shoulder with the US in the fight against terrorism and the promotion of fundamental human rights on the African continent and across the globe.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with US in the rejection of terrorism as a legitimate means of settling political disputes. We stand shoulder to with United States in attempting to develop our economies to provide opportunities for its citizens.

“We stand ready to renew and deepen our relationship with the United States of America for the progress and prosperity of our two peoples,” President Akufo-Addo said.

The winter meeting of the National Governors Association will have seven (7) Plenary Sessions.

These sessions will amongst other things discuss the Future of Food and Agriculture, The Opioid Crisis: What’s Working and Where Do We Go Next, Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors, The Future of Innovation in Higher Education, Caring for our Veterans Through Innovative Treatment and Rehabilitation and Economic Development and the Future of Work.

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, speak with a collective voice on national policy and develop innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations.

President Akufo-Addo also passionately appealed to all fifty (50) Governors of the United States of America, not to ignore Africa in their quest to develop viable partnerships across the globe for trade and investment opportunities.

Addressing the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Winter Meeting, in Washington DC, USA and being the first African leader to address the 50 US Governors at an NGA meeting, Akufo-Addo said Ghana and the rest of Africa are looking forward “to a new kind of relationship with America that would be characterised by a substantial increase in trade and investment cooperation”.

“I urge you not to ignore our continent”. This call, the President made on the grounds that, “many people say this is the Asian century, but I believe strongly that this can be Africa’s century. Our growth in 2015 was second only to that of Asia.

“According to the World Bank, six of the world’s ten (10) fastest growing economies this year are in Africa. We are rich in natural resources and in possession of nearly 30% of the earth’s remaining mineral resources”.

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