The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured the diplomatic community in Ghana that despite the passage of the “Human Sexual Rights and Family Values Bill” (Anti-LGBTQI+ Bill) by the nation’s Parliament on Wednesday, 28 February 2024, the country will not slip from her enviable and longstanding record as a country that respects the fundamental human rights of all persons within her territory.
This was in response to reactions from some foreign partners to the recent bill passed by parliament that some believe may have economic consequences for Ghana.
Addressing the diplomatic corps in Ghana at the annual “New Year Greeting” held at the Peduase Presidential Lodge, Aburi Hills, on Monday, 4 March 2024, President Akufo-Addo said he is aware of the difficulties some of the country’s international partners have with the Bill as it has been passed by Parliament but everyone should hold their guns until the Supreme Court pronounces its judgment on the constitutionality or otherwise of the Bill.

The President noted that the macroeconomic environment is showing strong signs of recovery and remained confident and optimistic about the future, underlining the significant potential of structural and sustainable reforms.

President Akufo-Addo lamented the political situation, terrorism and violence in the ECOWAS subregion, which he called a global concern. He said Ghana, together with other member states of ECOWAS, will continue to collaborate to safeguard democratic governance, peace and security, and the economic aspirations of it’s people.

The president used the occasion to highlight and garner support for Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway’s, candidature for the position of Sec-Gen to the Commonwealth.

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