Government finding solutions to illegal migration – President

By Ken
Sackey, GNA

Accra, July 26, GNA – Government is committed
to find solutions to illegal migration, to facilitate the safe return and
re-integration into the society of Ghanaians caught in the migrant crisis in
Europe and elsewhere, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

Thus, government, apart from leveraging on
Ghana’s relations with its European allies to find the solutions to minimise
the impact of the phenomenon, is pushing to invest in the creation of
sustainable livelihood in order to create opportunities that would decrease the
cause for migration.

President Akufo-Addo said this on Wednesday at
a joint press conference with the visiting Maltese President, Mrs Marie-Louise Coleiro
Preca, at the Flagstaff House in Accra, after a bilateral discussion among the
ministerial teams.

Mrs Preca is on a three-day landmark official
visit to Ghana, the first for a sitting Maltese leader south of the Sahara. She
is accompanied by her husband, Edgar Preca, and a high-level business
delegation from her country.

President Akufo-Addo disclosing the outcome of
the discussions said his Maltese counterpart and her delegation made a
commitment to champion the need for humane treatment of illegal migrants as
well as the protection of their human rights in accordance with international
law, both at home and on EU platforms. 

He said Ghana had been included in the list of
beneficiary countries of the EU’s Emergency Migration Fund that was designed to
assist in the return and re-integration of citizens into the society.

The President said discussions highlighted the
need to solidify cordial relations between the two countries, and the necessity
of exploring other areas of co-operation, particularly driving investment in
trade and tourism, for the mutual benefit of the people of Ghana and Malta.

“Our discussions centered on the improvement
in the volumes of trade between Ghana and Malta, mutual support for candidates
from our two countries vying for positions with international organisations,
issues of migration, and the deepening of political consultations on matters of
mutual interest to the two countries, among others,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo noted that both countries
shared similar aspirations and values and had collaborated effectively on a
number of matters over the years, particularly at the meetings of the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.

He disclosed that a major outcome of the
meeting at the Presidency was “the reaffirmation of our commitment to
collaborate further and provide mutual support at both bilateral and
multilateral levels”.

As a result, President Preca and her team
committed to give voice to Ghana’s cause and interests at the European Union,
whilst Ghana pledged to also help to facilitate the provision of a platform for
enhanced economic engagement between Malta and the member countries of ECOWAS
to boost the trade volumes between the Mediterranean nation and the sub-region.

He said Ghana reiterated its commitment to the
reforms of the global political order, but however made it clear that the
inability of the United Nations to undertake the reforms of institutions that
would reflect the realities of our times, and not the realities of the post-war
world, represented a manifest injustice against the peoples of Africa.

“We, on this continent, are an integral part
of the global order, and global institutions should reflect this fact. For a
handful of states who emerged as the dominant powers in the world after the
Second World War of the 20th century to continue, in the 21st century,
to be the sole arbiters of international security remains, to us, is a
structural deficit, which the world community should no longer tolerate,” he

He said the Ghanaian team stressed the
importance it attached to the process of UN Reform, especially of the UN
Security Council, as set out in Africa’s Common Position on UN Reform, and
solicited the support of Malta for this position.

“It is time to correct the longstanding
injustice that the current structure and composition of the UN Security Council
represent for the nations of Africa. Her Excellency and her delegation shared
this sentiment and expressed its desire to collaborate with Ghana to this end,”
he added.

President Akufo-Addo said the two countries
agreed to support candidates from their respective countries vying for
positions in international organisations and indicated that Ghana had given
support to Malta’s bid for membership of the Council of International Maritime
Organisation elections, scheduled to take place this year.

President Preca, said her country had resolved
to give voice to Ghana’s cause and interest at the EU and expressed her
country’s commitment to support Ghana’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN
Security Council from 2020 to 2021.

Malta has also pledged to support the
candidature of Prof Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu as a judge on the International
Criminal Court (ICC).


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