Ghana president highlights West Africa security issues in meeting with German Chancellor

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday highlighted security concerns in the West African sub-region and asked for assistance to fight the destructive forces involved.

He said at a press conference in Accra with the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the sub-region is facing a terrorist menace which is prevalent especially in the north of the region.

Nana Akufo-Addo thanked Germany for its assistance to end the menace adding, "We will play our modest role to contribute to rid the region of destructive force."

He, however, said a military solution will not be the end of the matter. "We have to look at the root causes to create economic growth and opportunities for the youth."

On governance, the president said the country is fully committed to the democratic journey, but "our concerns include drugs and human trafficking".

Nana Akufo-Addo described the nature of the relationship between the two countries as "excellent" with Germany supporting many areas of Ghana’s sectors such as health, education, investment and trade cooperation.

He noted that there are issues with youth unemployment leading to the desire of young people looking for jobs elsewhere. He said Ghana has to take measures to strengthen its economy so as to move the country beyond aid adding that he hopes the German business delegation travelling will see opportunities in Ghana's programmes such as industrialization.

Nana Akufo-Addo noted that one of the agreements to be signed on Thursday between the two countries involves German auto company, VW, that will be the beginning of a vehicle assembly plant saying "that is encouraging".

He said there is the need for Ghana to modernise and strengthen the agriculture sector, develop its industrial base and therefore welcomes investment in these transformative areas for the country.

The Germany Chancellor said her country will assist in industrialization, adding that Ghana plays an important part in the West African sub-region.

She said Germany would want to do everything possible to improve conditions that force people to undertake dangerous journeys to Europe.

Chancellor Merkel said Germany will assist in legal migration of Ghanaians to Germany by the granting scholarships to Ghanaians to study in Germany.

She said Ghana has received best grades from Reporters without Borders on the media, but on corruption, there is room for improvement. She also called for a transparent tax structure in Ghana.

On migration she said there was the need to fight those who use money for criminal purposes.

Chancellor Merkel who flew in from Senegal on Thursday on the second-leg of a three-nation West African tour continues to Nigeria later in the day.
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30 august 2018 16:34:55

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