LONDON (The Southern African Times) – Two weeks after UK-donated Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Ghana, the UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has arrived in Accra for a two-day visit to the country.
Ghana’s long-term prosperity is central to the UK-Ghana partnership and security and stability is essential to the country’s growth.
Together the UK and Ghana are partnering to tackle shared threats through a new Ministerial security dialogue, law enforcement partnerships and peer-to-peer training.
To strengthen the UK-Ghana security partnership Minister Duddridge will use his visit to announce a further £250,000 to fund four vital security and stability projects that will bolster Ghana’s capability to combat threats.
This funding is in addition to the existing £1 million of UK funding to support the country’s counter-terrorism capability.
Arriving in Ghana, UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge MP, said, “Ghana’s stability is essential for growth and prosperity in both Ghana and across West Africa.
“Through our flagship Conflict, Stability and Security Fund we are launching four new projects in Ghana worth £250,000 to support the ongoing safety and stability on the northern border.
“The UK is clear that it is in our shared interest to support a strong, and peaceful Ghana, both now and in the years ahead, and our new package of support will empower communities, the country’s security agencies and civil society organisations to continue to uphold stability along the border, across the country and within the region.”
These new four security and stability projects will grow the capacity of Ghana’s national crisis, response model; provide specialists to help deliver Ghana’s nationwide security exercise; fund the important work of on-the-ground civil society organisations through STAR-Ghana Foundation working directly with communities across the country that are most vulnerable to insecurity.
During his visit Minister Duddridge will meet with key partners and stakeholders including honourable Ministers, leaders in Ghana’s art and tourism sectors, as well as representatives from business and industry.
The Minister will also visit Accra’s iconic Christiansburg castle, tour Gallery 1957 and meet British-Ghanaian diaspora driving business and innovation in Ghana.
Minister Duddridge last visited Ghana in January where he attended President Akufo-Addo’s presidential inauguration, met virtually with Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia during the recent UK-Ghana Business Council held in June this year and finally met President Akufo-Addo with other senior officials and Ministers during the recent Global Education Summit held in London in July.