General News of 2014-03-31

Mahama leaves for Belgium, UK and Columbia

The president leaves Accra today, Monday, to attend the EU-Africa summit, which is expected to attract some 40 African and 20 European leaders. This year's summit aims to build on the spirit of the 2007 joint strategy of Africa and European Union, under the theme, 'Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace'.

President Mahama and other leaders from the continent will be holding discussions with their European counterparts on how to deepen cooperation and foster human capital through education, training and creating additional incentives for investment to stimulate growth and create jobs.

Mr. Mahama will also lead a discussion on funding for Small and medium Enterprises, (SMEs), and take part in a number of working sessions at the Summit, including a Business Forum.

In addition, the president will attend a session being organized by the Africa Union Commission on the Roll Back Malaria programme, where he will be sharing Ghana's experiences in providing comprehensive health for all, especially in eliminating malaria.

On the margins of this 4th EU-Africa Summit, Mr. Mahama will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders attending the Summit, including the President of France and the Chancellor of Germany among others.

As the new Chair of ECOWASS, President Mahama will seize the opportunity to champion the interests and positions of the ECOWAS subregion on a number of issues.

Later this weekend, President Mahama will be the special keynote speaker at a London School of Economics event on Entrepreneurship. He will then address the World Urban Forum in Columbia before returning home early next week.