President Akufo-Addo has clarified that his administration’s vision to build a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ does not mean grants and support from western countries will not be received.
According to the President, the mantra is not hostile to the western world, but that it’s an indication of Ghana’s determination to address its own challenges with resources mobilized locally.
Speaking at the Jubilee House at a meeting with the new US Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivian, Akufo-Addo stated, “You know the mantra, today’s mantra of Ghana’s policy that we want to build a Ghana beyond aid. That Statement is not a statement of hostility to those who have been generous enough to help us, but it is our determination to stand more on our own feet.”
President Akufo-Addo received the credentials of the new U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, who has officially started her work in Accra on January 23, 2019.
Stephanie Sullivan replaces Robert Porter Jackson, who departed as ambassador after serving since February 2016.
Speaking at the brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, Stephanie S. Sullivan expressed gratitude to the President for the warm welcome to Ghana.
She noted the US-Ghana partnership centered on advancing economic growth and trade, strengthening regional security, and improving governance.
The Ambassador expressed her commitment on behalf of the U.S. government to support Ghana’s journey away from dependence on traditional development assistance, in line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision of building a “Ghana Beyond Aid.”