Report on the state visit of President Akufo-Addo in France [fr]
At the invitation of the President of the French Republic, the President of Ghana, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, visited France from 8 to 11 July 2019. This official visit followed that of the French President to Accra on 30 November 2017, which was the first by a sitting French President since Ghana’s independence in 1957.
During his visit, the Ghanaian President was received at the Élysée Palace by the French President for a working lunch, followed by a question and answer session with African diaspora leaders involved in relations between Africa and France.
During their meeting, the two Presidents discussed the security situation in the Sahel, the latest political developments in West Africa, and the progress made in regional economic and monetary integration.
The two leaders agreed to deepen security and defence cooperation between France and Ghana. This commitment has been set out in a letter of intent and will give rise to the establishment of information exchanges and training activities for the Ghanaian security forces deployed in counter-terrorism operations. Moreover, France is supporting the Accra Initiative, which seeks to enhance regional coordination in the fight against the spread of terrorist armed elements.
The two Presidents committed to forging an ambitious economic partnership between France and Ghana, equal to the potential and vibrancy of the Ghanaian economy, which is the second-largest in West Africa. Around 60 French businesses are already active in Ghana. They have been growing in number since 2017 and many major French corporations have decided to base their West Africa headquarters in the country. To strengthen this partnership, a bilateral investment protection agreement should be concluded soon.
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) is also committed to supporting Ghana’s sustainable development strategy and has signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of climate change adaptation projects.
The two Presidents both believe that the concept of development assistance needs to change in countries like Ghana that have resources and strong growth, shifting towards more innovative, sustainable solutions involving both public and private sectors. France’s activities in Ghana contribute to the Beyond Aid strategy promoted by the Ghanaian President.
Lastly, the French President committed to supporting Ghana’s role within its francophone environment, as well as the measures taken by the Ghanaian President to enhance the standing of French in the country. During the visit, France and Ghana signed several agreements aimed at stepping up exchanges of students and volunteers between our two countries.