President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, yesterday returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after attending the 28th Africa Union (AU) Summit to discuss some pertinent issues confronting the continent.
He was met on arrival by the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who acted as President in his absence, and other senior government officials.
It was the President’s first AU Summit since he assumed office last month.
Significant among his activities at the summit was his active campaign for the election of former deputy foreign affairs minister in the Mahama administration, Mr. Kwesi Quartey, as the Deputy Chair of the AU Commission.
President Akufo-Addo also supported the selection of former advisor on governance and corruption in the Mahama administration, Daniel Batidam, as chair of the AU Advisory Committee on corruption.
A Ghanaian, Mrs. Catherine Ayensu, was elected to the AU body on International Law while another Ghanaian scientist was given the Kwame Nkrumah Award for Scientific Achievements for his efforts in science development.
President Akufo-Addo delivered the closing address for the summit and urged his colleague African leaders to expedite action on policy measures agreed at the end of the summit.
He told the summit that Ghana would assert itself on the continent as the pacesetters of democratic development in Africa and champion the course of former President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for a united, peaceful and self-reliant continent.
The President, on Tuesday night, met the Ghanaian community in Ethiopia and outlined his plans to engage Ghanaians living outside the country in his development agenda.
He announced that an office would be established at the presidency called the Diaspora Liaison Office to discover Ghanaian talents around the world and engage them.
The office, he said, would scout for Ghanaian talents living outside the country, compile their database, their skills and talents, and engage them in the country’s development efforts.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghanaian talents living outside the country would be engaged without any consideration to their ethnic, religious and political background.
By Yaw Kyei