The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday held a brief discussion with the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel at the Deutscher Bundestag (the German Parliament), in Berlin, the capital of Germany.
The meeting between the two leaders took place prior to the holding of a meeting of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), at the Bundestag.
Nana Akufo-Addo, who is currently on a 16-day tour of some European countries used the opportunity to renew acquaintances and also congratulated the German Chancellor on her third term re-election in office as the leader of Europe’s biggest economic power.
On her part, Dr. Merkel, who is also the leader of the CDU, thanked Nana Akufo-Addo for his visit and wished the NPP leader well ahead of the 2016 general elections.
Prior to the meeting with the Chancellor, Nana Akufo-Addo met with Mr. Volkmar Klein MdB, budgetary and financial policy spokesman of the CDU parliamentary group at the Bundestag.
He also called on Ambassador Georg Schmidt, Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel of the Federal Foreign Office in his final meeting of the day.
Issues bordering on the state of the Ghanaian economy, the consolidation of democratic credentials in Ghana, as well as the importance of regional integration as a tool for the rapid development of the West African region, were discussed.
On the consolidation of Ghana’s democracy, Nana Akufo-Addo stressed the need for the compilation of a new credible voter’s register, which he said was of importance ahead of the 2016 general elections.
“We are not interested in playing the blame game. We are only interested in doing what is right for our democracy. The Ghanaian election should not be a West African election. We want the Electoral Commission to listen to the growing calls for a credible register and do what is required,” he said.
On regional integration, Nana Akufo-Addo stated that Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal can do for the West African region what Germany, France and the Benelux countries did for Europe, by leading the push for economic integration.
He stressed that without regional integration, West Africa’s small economies, other than Nigeria’s, will struggle for relevance, “denying ourselves the capacity to compete in this increasingly competitive global environment.”
Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday participated in the celebration of Africa Day in Berlin, where the keynote speaker was the former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Earlier on Monday, Nana Akufo-Addo, under the auspices of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), met with Mr. Klaus Schuler, who is the Federal Manager of the CDU and who has also doubled as the campaign manager for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successive electoral victories.
Early that same day, Nana Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on Mr. Hartwig Fischer, the President of Deutscher Afrika Stiftung (German African Foundation).
He has since departed for Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the second leg of his tour. -GNA