Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Sunday (March 26, 2023) received his counterpart Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris, to Ghana. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia welcomed the US delegation at the Kotoka International Airport amidst some Ghanaian traditional drumming and pageantry.
Madam Harris arrived in the company of her husband, Douglas Emhoff and other top US government officials for the three-day official visit, first of its kind since assuming office.
The US Vice President is expected to leave the shores of Ghana on Wednesday, March 29 and proceed to Tanzania and Zambia as part of a nine-day trip to the African continent.
In her remarks whilst addressing the media in Accra, Mrs. Harris assured of her commitment to hold discussions that will foster opportunities in various of the African continent.
The US expressed its interest in Africa when president Biden met African leaders during the US-Africa summit in December 2022. The visit by the American Vice President is intended to build on discussions from last December’s summit.
In the wake of growing influence from China and Russia on the African continent, the United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken and First lady Jill Biden have all visited parts of Africa to depends ties.
Accordingly, the US Vice President is expected to have economic discussions with President Akufo-Addo as Ghana seeks to restructure its foreign debt.
During the visit, Madam Harris plans to promote economic and food security and obtain firsthand information pertaining to the innovation and creativity taking place in the continent.
She is expected to meet Ghanaian women entrepreneurs and discuss the economic empowerment of women as well as meeting with young leaders and business people and other individuals who are not in government.