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Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Holds Bilateral Talks with Ghanaian President

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago engaged in discussions with His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, during a visit to the Office of the President, Jubilee House in Accra on Friday, May 10, 2024.

Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Sharon Rowley, the Prime Minister’s courtesy call aimed at addressing various issues of mutual interest between Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana. Chief among the topics was the imminent finalization of a gas deal between the two nations.

During the meeting, both leaders expressed a shared desire to enhance cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the African Union. Specifically, they discussed the growing global movement advocating for reparations for the historical injustices inflicted upon Africans and people of African descent, particularly through transatlantic enslavement.

Prime Minister Rowley underscored the importance of concluding negotiations on the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana. He highlighted Ghana’s strategic significance as a gateway to West Africa, emphasizing the potential benefits for both nations.

Joining Prime Minister Rowley at the courtesy call was the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dr. Amery Browne. Additionally, key figures present included Advisor to the Prime Minister on Agriculture, Dr. John Alleyne, and Mr. Taharqa Obika, a Member of the National Committee on Reparations Trinidad and Tobago.

Following the discussions, Prime Minister Rowley and Mrs. Rowley participated in a significant event alongside President Akufo-Addo and His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene. They attended the commissioning ceremony for the Prempeh I International Airport in Kumasi.

The meeting between Prime Minister Rowley and President Akufo-Addo underscores the commitment of both nations to strengthen bilateral relations and explore avenues for collaboration across various sectors. As Trinidad and Tobago continues to forge partnerships with African nations, particularly Ghana, opportunities for economic, cultural, and diplomatic exchange are expected to flourish, further cementing ties between the two regions.

The discussions held during the courtesy call reflect a shared commitment to addressing historical injustices and fostering greater solidarity between Caribbean and African nations. By engaging in dialogue and cooperation, Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana aim to not only advance their own interests but also contribute to the broader goals of regional integration and development.

In light of the ongoing global challenges and opportunities, the partnership between Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana is poised to play a pivotal role in promoting peace, prosperity, and mutual understanding across the Caribbean and Africa.

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