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Okyenhen to visit the UK from 27 June

By Cameron Doudo
Okyenhen to visit the UK from 27 June
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Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, Okyenhen, will pay a two- week official to the UK from the 27 June. During the visit, Osagyefuo will pay a courtesy call on the Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness Prince Charles. Osagyefuo will also engage in talks with Hillary Benn, MP, Minister of State at the Department of International Development, and his officials, on development projects for his State. Other personalities he will see include Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon. Paul Boateng, MP, and David Green, Director General of the British Council. In addition, the Okyenhen will honour a speaking engagement at the West Africa Business Association and attend the Royal Agricultural Show in Stonely Park, Coventry. The 35th occupant of the Ofori Panin Stool of the Akyem Abuakwa State in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Osagyefuo's primary objective, during his talks in the UK, will be to attract investments to Akyem Abuakwa. However, he will also seek to interest NGOs and other British organisations in participating in self-help projects being undertaken by the people of Akyem Abuakwa.
On ascending the throne on 4 October 1999, Osagyefuo Amoatia identified as priorities for the development of his State, improvement of health facilities, equipping of educational institutions, conservation of the inherited environment and the development of the child. In a solemn pledge, Osagyefuo said: "The success of my reign is totally dependent on my ability, as your leader, to ensure that our future - through our children - is really secure".
On 28th June, Osagyefuo will meet Akyem people resident in the UK at a durbar to be organised in his honour by the Abuakwa Susu Biribi Association, in co-operation with the various Akyem Abuakwa township unions. This will be followed by a fund-raising dinner and dance on 5 July.
Osagyefuo returns to Ghana on 11 July.
Issued on Tuesday 3 June 2003 by
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