Vice President Kamala Harris met with President Nana Akufo-Addo today in Accra, Ghana. The Vice President affirmed the strength of our bilateral relationship, noting the deep historical, cultural, and economic ties between the United States and Ghana. Building on discussions during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in December 2022, the two leaders consulted on a number of global and regional issues. The Vice President thanked President Akufo-Addo for Ghana’s strong partnership at the United Nations Security Council, including its firm defense of the UN Charter, amid Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The Vice President applauded President Akufo-Addo for his steadfast leadership to defend and advance democracy in West Africa and to hold anti-democratic governments accountable. She reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to support human rights and women’s empowerment. The two leaders discussed insecurity in the neighboring Sahel, including the threat extremist groups pose to Coastal West Africa. Vice President Harris announced that the United States would provide more than $100 million to support stabilization in Ghana, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Togo, including at least $86 million over the next three years in support of the 10-year plan for implementing the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability, which President Biden released on March 24. The Vice President underscored Ghana’s role as a security leader in the region and our strong defense relationship, including Ghana’s co-hosting of Exercise Flintlock earlier this month with Côte d’Ivoire.
Vice President Harris also welcomed Ghana’s commitment to reforming its economy to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth. She affirmed the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to international coordination on debt relief and to continue to push for all official bilateral creditors to provide a meaningful debt reduction for countries that need it, including Ghana. The two leaders discussed the strength of our people-to-people ties, and Vice President Harris applauded President Akufo-Addo’s leadership to elevate engagement with the African Diaspora.