Foreign Minister leaves for CEN-SAD Summit in Cotonou
Mr. Akwasi Osei-Adjei, Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Regional Integration and NEPAD, left Accra on Sunday for
Cotonou, Benin, as the head of Ghana's delegation to the 10th Ordinary
Session of the Summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States
(CEN-SAD) in Cotonou.
Mr Osei-Adjei, who is representing President John Agyekum Kufuor,
is expected to deliver the President's statement at the Summit, which
would touch on the current global food and energy crises and the role
that CEN-SAD could play to mitigate their effects on member countries.
Briefing the press at the Kotoka International Airport before his
departure, the Minister said Ghana joined CEN-SAD, which is a
25-member regional organization, in 2005, as part of Government's
foreign policy goal to integrate the country firmly with its neighbouring
region, in pursuit of the policies of good neighbourliness and economic
Mr Osei-Adjei told the press that since Ghana's membership of the
Community of Sahel-Saharan States, a branch office of CEN-SAD Bank
had been opened in Accra.
He added that within the overall goal for a true Union of Africa,
Ghana was seeking to further actively participating in all projects of
CEN-SAD, such as the Rural Development and Natural Resources
Strategy and the Great Green Wall Programme.
Mr Osei-Adjei, who is also Member of Parliament for Ejisu-Juaben,
said the meeting of the Executive Council of CEN-SAD, which
preceded the Summit, would discuss the political and security situation
in a number of countries including Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Somalia and
While in Cotonou, the Minister is expected to unveil a plaque on
Thursday, 19 June 2008, to commission the newly constructed
Chancery of the Embassy of Ghana.