The Vice President of the United States of America (USA), Kamala Harris, has touched down in Ghana, as part of her official visit to three African countries. She has kick-started her nine-day official trip to Ghana, Tanzania Wednesday and Zambia.
She has been sent to Africa to deepen the ties that exist between the US and the African continent, at a time China is racing up to woo Africa to its side.
Addressing the media yesterday at the Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport, upon her arrival, the first female Vice President of the US to visit Africa, Kamala Harris, said she was honored to be in Ghana.
According to her, she is in Africa to address some issues on the partnership between the US and Africa, and also to boost investment.
Accompanied by her husband, Douglas Emhoff, Vice-President Harris said her visit is to strengthen the economic relations between the US and Ghana.
She said the US is looking forward to this trip as a further attestment of the long and enduring and very important relationship between the people of the United States and Africa.
According to her, she is excited about the future of Africa, the impact of the future of Africa on the rest of the world, including the United States of America.
“When I look at what is happening on this continent and the fact that the median age is 19 years … and what that tells us about the growth of opportunities, of innovations, of possibilities, I see in all of those great opportunities and not only for the people of this continent but the people of the world,” she said.
She was met on arrival by the Vice President, Dr Mahammudu Bawumia, the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, among other government officials.
She smiled as she was welcomed by cultural dancers, and also spotted children waving both Ghana and US flags.
Kamala placed her hand on her heart as she passed by the dancers.
ITINERARY IN GHANA
She will visit Jubilee House this morning to engage President Akufo-Addo in a tete-a-tete and subsequently address the Presidential Press Corps.
Later in the evening, there will be a state dinner in her honour, according to protocol.
While in Ghana, Harris will meet with young people in the creative industry and it is expected that she will give a major speech to an audience of young people tomorrow. She will then visit the Cape Coast Castle.
On Wednesday, still in Accra, she will meet with women entrepreneurs and discuss the economic empowerment of women where she will make an announcement related to public and private sector investments in Africa, aimed at helping to close the digital gender divide and to empower women economically.
Vice-President Harris is scheduled to leave Ghana on March 29, 2023 for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, before ending her tour in Lusaka, Zambia, on April 2.