Thursday
December 7
2017

Ghana’s president surprised Macron with a clear rejection of development aid

After the AU-EU summit in Abidjan, French President Emmanuel Macron visited several African states, including Ghana. But contrary to other African heads of state, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a clear vision of how to make his country independent from development aid.

“It is not right for a country like Ghana – 60 years after its independence – to depend on the generosity of European taxpayers when it comes to financial means for health or education,” the Ghanaian president continued.

Akufo-Addo, who has been president of Ghana since January 2017, previously he served as foreign minister, minister for regional integration and minister for The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) until 2007.

A few weeks after his inauguration, Akufo-Addo announced in his speech to the nation on 21 February major reforms in economic and educational policies.

Among other things, there is said to be an increase in research and development funds, which would account for one to 2,5 percent of economic output in the short to medium term.

Image courtesy of Paul.

Source: EURACTIV (link opens in a new window)

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