The Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo on Sunday February 25, 2018 became the first African leader to address the 50 US Governors at an NGA meeting in Washington.
President Akufo-Addo noted that a key challenge of Ghana’s economy, like many other economies in Africa, is the infrastructural deficit.
He told the Governors that Ghana is embarking on an aggressive public-private-partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both road and railway infrastructure.
The National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which was held between 23rd-26th February 2018 was also addressed by Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull who delivered the meeting’s opening keynote address.
“I am honored to be the first African President to be invited to address the National Governors Association, ” said President Akufo-Addo. Ghana, as the fastest-growing economy in Africa, looks forward to working with NGA Global to identify investment opportunities and build stronger ties to American states, who are leading the way in a variety of sectors, from agriculture and petroleum to finance and technology.”, the NGA website said, quoting President Akufo-Addo’s response to the honor.
About the NGA
The National Governors Association (NGA) is an organization consisting of the governors of the states, territories and commonwealths of the United States. The NGA’s role is to act as a collective voice for governors on matters of national policy, as well as allowing governors to share best practices and coordinate inter-state initiatives. The organization was founded in 1908 as the National Governors’ Conference. The NGA is considered part of the ‘Big Seven’, a group of organizations that represent local and state government in the United States.
NGA serves as a key public policy liaison between the state governments and the federal government. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and at the White House when discussing federal issues to developing policy reports on state programs and hosting networking seminars for state executive branch officials. The NGA Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues that range from education and health to technology, welfare reform, and the environment.
Nana Akufo Addo also held private meetings with many Governors including the Governor of Texas, and also Acting CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Mr. Jonathan Nash, has expressed his and the appreciation of the MCC to the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for his leadership in trying to find a lasting solution to the political impasse in Togo.