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State visit to the Republic of Ghana

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in talks with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on the occasion of his state visit to the Republic of Ghana Accra/Republic of Ghana, 12 December 2017 Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in talks with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo on the occasion of his state visit to the Republic of Ghana © Jesco Denzel

Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier visited the Republic of Ghana from 11 to 13 December. He was accompanied by a business delegation.

The Federal President opened a business round table discussion in Accra at the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana. He met Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, for political talks focussed on the development of bilateral relations and Africa’s development. Further topics of the visit icluded training, academic collaboration, economic cooperation and migration. The Federal President also discussed these topics in Accra with apprentices at a training centre, students at the university and young entrepreneurs from a start up incubator. Furthermore, the Federal President opened a migration centre funded by Germany, where he spoke with returnees. The Federal President found out more about military cooperation between Ghana and Germany at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

Ghana is regarded as West Africa’s most stable democracy. As the second largest economy in West Africa, it is a key country and important political partner for Germany in the region. It is a major country in the Partnership with Africa initiative under Germany’s G20 Presidency.

After his visit to Ghana, the Federal President traveled on to the Republic of The Gambia.

Overview of the programme:

Monday, 11 December 2017

  • Afternoon
    Flight to Accra/Ghana
  • Arrival in Accra

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

  • delegation hotel
    Speech by the Federal President at the opening of the business round table discussion at the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
  • seat of the President
    Welcome with military honours by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo,
    followed by talks
  • Signing of a declaration of intent on the two countries’ bilateral reform partnership in the presence of the President and the Federal President
  • Joint press conference,
    followed by signing of the visitors’ book
  • Scania West Africa Ltd. training centre
    Tour of the training centre and meeting with apprentices
  • auditorium of the University of Ghana
    Signing of a declaration of intent on the Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies (MICAS) in the presence of the Federal President
  • Meeting with experts and students
  • Accra International Conference Centre
    Speech by the Federal President at the state banquet in his honour hosted by the President of the Republic of Ghana

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

  • Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
    Talks with the Commandant and security experts,
    followed by the planting of a tree
  • Artists Alliance Gallery
    Tour of the gallery
  • Start up incubator iSpace Ghana
    Talks with young entrepreneurs
  • Ghanaian German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration
    Opening of the centre in the presence of the Federal President,
    followed by talks with returnees
  • Flight to Banjul, the Gambia