The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) today, Sunday, August 27, 2017, hosted a United States Congressional Delegation at an event at its premises in Accra attended by a cross-section of top Ghanaian executives from all sectors of the country.
The Congressional delegation was led by Senator Chris Coons, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Sub-committee on African Affairs who is also the Chairman of the Judiciary Sub-committee on Bankruptcy and the Courts. It also included Congressman Charlie Dent.
Participants at the event included the former President of Ghana, H. E. John Agyekum Kufuor, ministers of state, members of Parliament, members of the Judiciary, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives from business and industries, religious institutions, academia, civil society organisations, traditional leaders and the media.
In his speech, Senator Coons commended Ghana for its contributions to peacekeeping within the African continent and other parts of the world. He was also particular pleased with Ghana’s strides in strengthening its democracy and upholding democratic values.
Senator Coons gave participants an insight into the work of the United States in Africa over the years and the importance for the United States to maintain the existing strong ties between her and Africa.
“Africa that I have seen is not a continent of famine and disaster, but rather a continent of immense opportunity, the 21st Century is Africa’s century,” said the Senator.
On US-Ghana relations, Senator Coons stressed the importance of maintaining strong ties between the two countries as they have shared goals to strengthen their economies and democracies.
Introducing Senator Coons to the audience, Dr Charles Mensa, the Chairman of the IEA Board, recounted the remarkable work the Senator has done for the promotion of Africa in terms of trade, democracy and the education of the youth of the continent.
Welcoming the delegation and guests to the event, Dr Frankie Asare-Donkoh, the Director of Advocacy and Programmes of the IEA noted the pioneering role the IEA had played in since its inception 28 years ago. He mentioned the Serious Fraud Office Act of 1993 (Act466), the Whistleblowers Act of 2006 (Act 720) and the Presidential Transition Act of 2012 (Act845) as part of the legislations initiated by the IEA.
He said the visit by the US Congressional Delegation to the IEA was therefore an honour and endorsement of the leading role the Institute was playing in the socio-political and economic development of the Ghana.