March 17, 2021

The United States Ambassador to Ghana Her Excellency Stephanie Sullivan on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 congratulated Ghana’s Parliament Appointment Committee of the 8th Parliament for its work in vetting appointees of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Rt. Hon Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin and the Ambassador spoke on key issues pertaining to development of their respective countries, which were centered on health, agriculture and the environment.

According to the Speaker when he had the US Ambassador visit noted that Ghanaians are no longer interested in partisan politics and expect that the two main political parties put the interest of the country first and to collaborate more for the ultimate good of the country.

He also emphasised the fact that accountability is a key ingredient for Ghana’s progress and urged the political class to be mindful of this, and called for strengthening of institutional capacity of the legislative branch of government.

“We need for Members of Parliament to be given offices and personnel in their constituencies for ease of consultation and work in the constituencies”.

The US Ambassador pointed out for the need to have a strong trade relation, referring to an earlier statement made by the Majority Leader Osei-Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu which stressed the need to strengthen the private sector since it is the engine of growth.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu noted that the indicators used for measuring child labour and child trafficking which shows Ghana in a bad light, he urged the US to posit the phenomenon in its proper context.

“In the Ghanaian culture children do assist their parents and relatives in their economic endeavors and this by no means has anything to do with child labour”.

In a statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo noted that, the Minority leader further, spoke about the menace of money laundry and called on the US to help state institutions to block illicit transfer and the need to make  state institutions more responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic than they now.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/