President to develop ties with other leaders

•    President John Dramani Mahama

• President John Dramani Mahama

Ghana’s delegation to the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), in New York, led by President John Dramani Mahama, will engage in a number of bilateral engagements on the sidelines of the gathering of world leaders.

This would allow the country to take full advantage of the country’s participation in the annual event, the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Hanna Tetteh, has said.

Some of the engagements include the participation in a high level event on the operationalisation of the post 2015 development agenda for African industrialisation to discuss concrete partnerships for the effective operationalisation of the post 2015 development agenda in Africa.

The event, expected to be attended by African leaders, heads of UN Organisations and key development actors, is with particular reference to building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and innovation.

To be held on the theme, “The United Nations at 70, the Road Ahead for Peace, Security and Human Rights” the annual gathering of world leaders offers an opportunity for all stakeholders to take stock of the achievements and failures of the organisation and serves as a forum where the UN and its agencies can identify areas which needed to be strengthened to meet current and future challenges.

At a press briefing in Accra yesterday, Madam Hannah Tetteh, said Ghana would organise a diaspora science, technology and innovation conference at the Columbia University which would focus on bringing together Ghanaian experts in the field of technology, science and industry to build synergies for the eventual transfer of their expertise to support sustainable, industrial and technological development in Ghana.

Madam Hanna Tetteh, said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the principles of the US Chamber of Commerce’s partnership with ECOWAS, would also be signed between the US and the ECOWAS Business Initiative.

The MoU is a follow-up to the signing of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), between the US government and ECOWAS in 2014 and would be preceded by a VIP round-table discussion on energy in West Africa with US senior executives on the topic “Gas to industrialisation, unlocking natural gas for sustainable and inclusive growth”.

Madam Hanna Tetteh, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Awutu West, said the general debate at the assembly would concentrate energy and efforts in addressing the root causes of conflicts in the Middle East and parts of Africa which were forcing hundreds of people to seek asylum in other countries as well as the increase in extremist obsessions.

To this end, she said, President Mahama would take the opportunity to bring this point home and join world leaders in their deliberations on identifying strategies and solutions to address the threats posed by the state of affairs in which the world found itself.

Madam Hanna Tetteh said, the general debate would be preceded by a high-level summit on the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which would end in December 2015.

She said President Mahama would address the General Assembly but was unable to state the day the Ghanaian leader would make his appearance before his colleagues.

The UN Resident Co-ordinator to Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, said the summit would serve as a launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years.

The UN agencies in Ghana, she said looked forward to working with the government in implementing the new development agenda and integrating into the national medium and long-term development planning.

By Julius Yao Petetsi & Selorm Helen Wohoyie       

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