With Prime Minister Solberg is the first Norwegian Prime Minister ever to visit Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo expressed the appreciation of the Ghanaian people to the Norwegian government and its people for the considerable support they have offered Ghana through various interventions.
Norway’s ‘Oil for Development Programme’ has been running successfully for more than a decade and enhanced Ghana’s capacity to manage her petroleum resources.
“We are also grateful for the assistance offered to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, and the Ghana Nautical College, amongst others,” Nana Akufo-Addo said
President Akufo-Addo said this on Friday, May31 when the Norwegian Prime Minister called on him at the Jubilee House as part of her 2-day official visit to Ghana.
Particularly delighted with Norway’s new partner country initiative, which is aimed at ensuring that partner countries become independent of aid in the long term, the President indicated that “it fits in perfectly with my Government’s vision of a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.”
He was also encouraged by the fact that more Norwegian companies are looking to invest in Ghana, symbolized by the presence of oil and gas giant, Aker Energy.
“I wish to assure the more than fifty (50) Norwegian companies operating in our country that my government will continue to try and maintain a conducive investment atmosphere that would not only guarantee the safety of their investments, but also good returns on investments as well,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo stated that he was “especially pleased with the commitment of Aker to work with us to engineer and inspire the industrial development of our country, and help us achieve the structural transformation of our economy.”
He told Prime Minister Solberg that Ghana and Norway share similar positions on many of the great issues of the day, especially the mutual attachment to the UN SDG, the Paris Climate Accord, the strengthening of the multilateral system of international co-operation, and the need to employ peaceful means to resolve disputes.
“I wish to reassure you that the Republic of Ghana will continue to collaborate with the Kingdom of Norway, at the bilateral and multilateral levels, in finding solutions to challenges such as the eradication of widespread poverty, elimination of irregular migration, insecurity and human rights violations, terrorism and violent extremism, human and drug trafficking, piracy, as well as climate change and its attendant impact on the environment and livelihoods.,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo expressed his satisfaction about the “Fish for Development” initiative signed by the two countries, noting he look forward to its implementation because it will have a positive impact on the management of marine resources for the creation of wealth and jobs, particularly in fishing communities, in line with the realisation of SDG No. 14.
President Akufo-Addo brought up the matter of the process of UN Reform, especially of the UN Security Council, which appears to have stalled.
“We are fully committed to Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, based on the Ezulwini Consensus, and are anxious that the matter of UN Reform finds its way back quickly onto the global agenda,” he said.
He continued, “We solicit the support of Norway and the other countries of Europe for this long, overdue reform. It is well past the time to correct the longstanding injustice that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council represent for the nations of Africa.”
Whilst in Ghana, Prime Minister Erna Solberg is expected to pay a visit to Jamestown, hold an encounter with fisher folk, and undertake a tour of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre.