President Akufo-Addo has left Ghana for Russia. Te President is to attend the first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, ABC News can report.
According to a statement by the presidency, the purpose of this maiden summit is to strengthen the friendship between the African Continent and Russia.
The president is to deliver a statement on the floor of the Summit on the theme “For Peace, Security and Development.”
President Akufo-Addo will take the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with the President of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Vladimir Putin. He will also hold meetings with some Russian CEOs to advertise Ghana to them as a very viable investment destination.
After the Russia-Africa Summit, the president on Thursday 24th October, 2019 will again continue to Baku in Azerbaijan to take part in the 18th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Conference.
NAM is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide.
In the entourage of the President on the trip are Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, MP; the Minister for Energy, Hon. John Peter Amewu; and officials of the Presidency and Foreign Ministry.
The President will return to Ghana on Saturday, 26th October, 2019, and in his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.