President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana receives the highest award from Guyana, The Order of Excellence. This award is reserved for the most prominent people who have contributed to the country.
The Ghanaian president arrived in Guyana at 11 p.m. (local time) last night for his first ever state visit. He was accompanied by a delegation of 43 people, who was received at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport by President David Granger of Guyana.
There was a salute of 21 shots for the Ghanaian president. Today he visits various places in Guyana and a large number of people, including opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo.
President Akufo-Addo first participates in wreath-laying ceremonies in the Company Path Gardens and then in the Square of the Revolution. He will then be escorted to State House, the residence of the Guyanese head of state, where he will talk to Granger.
He will then be accompanied to Umana Yana for a state banquet, where he will be awarded the Order of Excellence. Afterwards, President Akufo-Addo meets opposition leader Jagdeo. This meeting will last 15 minutes.
He continues his tour of Guyana with the two largest beverage producers in the country, the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and then with Banks DIH Limited.
Later in the day, the Ghanaian president met with the Ghanaians in Diaspora in Guyana and representatives of African Group Organizations. The following day, the president and his delegation depart from Guyana.
The state visit was announced by President Granger two weeks ago when he accredited the new Ghanaian High Commissioner for Guyana. The Guyanese head of state revealed that he had met President Akufo-Addo twice. The first time last year at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference and also this year in Cuba, where the African leader accepted an invitation to visit Georgetown.
The visit is aimed at deepening and strengthening the relationship that the two countries have built up over the past 40 years.
President Granger has previously noted that the visit of his Ghanaian colleague will result in practical measures aimed at improving relations and cooperation between the two states, in particular in the areas of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investments, oil production, cooperation with the private sector, tourism and transport.
Investors in Ghana are said to be interested in buying Guyana’s Rose Hall Sugar Estate.
Moreover, the governments of Guyana and Ghana have already emphasized their efforts to develop the airlift between the two countries. This happened last year during an ICAO meeting in Guyana.