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AKUFO-ADDO TACKLES IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES…With UK Labour Party Leader

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the structure of most of the economies of Africa, including Ghana, who have largely depended on the production and export of raw materials, is a major contributing factor to the issue of immigration.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the structure of most of the economies of Africa, including Ghana, who have largely depended on the production and export of raw materials, is a major contributing factor to the issue of immigration.

 

According to the President, these economies fail to create opportunities, wealth and prosperity for their citizens, a situation that had led to many of the youth from Africa migrating to European countries in search of jobs.

President Akufo-Addo said this yesterday when he met the leader of UK’s Labour Party and leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, on the sidelines of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, currently ongoing in the United Kingdom.

President Akufo-Addo and Jeremy Corbyn also discussed issues bordering on the deepening of democracy amongst member states of the Commonwealth, the worsening humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria, United Nations Reforms, in particular reform of the UN Security Council, BREXITand an increase in trade co-operation between Ghana and the UK.

To this end, President Akufo-Addo told Mr Corbyn that Ghana had decided to turn its back on the “old economy”, and focus her energies on building an industrialised, value-added economy, with a modernised agriculture, which takes full advantage of the digital revolution.

The President added that discussion on migrations and refugees cannot be complete without also including discussion about the nature of African economies, as it is only such a comprehensive discussion, which leads to appropriate policies that will enable satisfactory solutions to be found to the crises of refugees and migration, especially from the African continent.

President Akufo-Addo also stated that with the United Kingdom remaining one of Ghana’s most significant trading partners and a major source of Foreign Direct Investment, the two countries would continue to maintain strong bonds of friendship and co-operation.

According to the President, with Ghana and the UK being members of the Commonwealth, both countries will continue to share common values of democratic accountability, good governance, respect for individual liberties and human rights, and the rule of law.

President Akufo-Addo invited the Labour Party leader, whose parliamentary constituency of Islington North has a high concentration of Ghanaians, to visit Ghana later in the year, an invitation which was warmly accepted by Jeremy Corbyn.