President Pranab Mukherjee greets a girl toddler on his arrival at Kotoka global Airport, Ghana (Accra) on Sunday. (PTI picture)
ACCRA: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday arrived in Accra in the first leg of his six-day visit to 3African nations – Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia, as a part of “outreach to Africa” focussing on alternate,education and boosting members of the family with these nations.
that is the maiden visit of any Indian President to Ghana and Ivory coast while to Namibia, this sort of go to comes after a long time.
On his arrival in Accra for a -day go to, he changed into acquired on the airport by using Ghana’s Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah- Arthur.
despite the fact that President Mukherjee has toured number of countries inside the continent, he isvisiting these nations for the primary time in his lengthy political profession.
“all these nations we take a look at as true countries in phrases of a strong political device, whereindemocracy has taken roots and these are all doing moderately properly in their areas,” Secretary (ER) Amar Sinha has said.
The President is followed by Minister of kingdom for the PMO Jitendra Singh and BJP MPs – SS Ahluwalia and Mansukh L Mandaviya.
“As you already know that is the a part of the Outreach to Africa, which changed into kicked off with thevisit to Morocco and Tunisia by using vice chairman… Then the President has taken at the responsibilityof these three united states visits,” he said.
in the tightly packed time table spread until Jun 14 afternoon, President Mukherjee will attend eight eventswhich begin today with a feast hosted by using Ghana’s President John Drahami Mahama in his honour.
The President may be given a ceremonial welcome these days observed by means of delegation stagetalks at President’s house that is known as Flag staff house.
The implementing constructing has an Indian touch as it’s miles constructed through an Indianorganisation Shapoorji Pallonji.
within the delegation degree talks, there are probably to be discussions on agreements on visa waiver andabout Line of credit could also be deliberated.
President Mukherjee will even pay homage to Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah at his mausoleum Accra. He can also be unveiling a statue of Mahatma Gandhi which has been proficient with the aid ofICCR except planting a sapling there.
“funding in Ghana is enormous, nearly three billion dollars in diverse sectors. NRI’s, professionals have invested in IT, pharmaceuticals and different areas. if you look at remaining three yr figures, our changehas long gone up almost 3 times.”
“Ghana’s predominant exchange includes gold imports, it’s nearly eighty in line with cent of totalalternate. Ghanaian gold is in incredible demand in India,” Mr Sinha said.
President Mukherjee might be addressing a joint business forum assembly right here which has been organised by means of enterprise agencies from India and Ghana.
Ghana has a completely wealthy Indian-starting place network, roughly around 10,000, of which 7,000 have Indian passports with a few families arriving right here as early as 1920’s.
The community is protecting a reception for him where he could be interacting with them.
President Mukherjee can also be touring the India-Ghana Kofi Annan middle of ICT Excellence, installationby means of India, and will meet its college and alumni. The Institute became set up by way of India few years ago.
“i am informed that it’s miles operating very well. So it’ll be a extraordinary opportunity to go there and notice whether we should make a contribution something else or help in up gradation,” he said.