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14.01.2007 General News

German President receives Ghana's highest State Honour

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German President Horst Kohler was on Sunday presented with Ghana's highest State Honour, the "Companion of the Order of the Star of Ghana", in recognition of his dedication and determination to improving the socio-economic conditions of developing countries.

It was also a demonstration of acknowledgement of his contribution towards the strengthening of the bonds of friendship and co-operation between Ghana and Germany.

President John Agyekum Kufuor conferred the Honour on him at the margins of the " German-Africa Partnership Forum" held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra.

A Citation read by the Foreign Minister, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, said as a long-standing friend of Ghana and Africa, he demonstrated keen interest in addressing the continent's concerns about the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) policies, which he was a former Managing Director.

"Indeed you worked tirelessly to facilitate the removal of the extreme heavy debt burden on developing countries, particularly Africa. "It was in this regard that you contributed to the attainment by Ghana of the benefits of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and the subsequent achievement of debt forgiveness for this nation, a contribution deeply appreciated by Ghana."

It noted that his election to the highest office of President of the Federal Republic of Germany in July 2004 was an expression of his country's deep appreciation of his services to the German people and mankind.

President Kohler said he was deeply touched by the honour, and thanked President Kufuor and the people of Ghana for the conferment of the State award.

He pledged his determination to work to strengthen the friendship, goodwill and co-operation between Ghana and Germany.

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