Akufo-Addo explains Bawumia’s absence from May Day event, marking the first time he missed it since 2017

During his 2023 May Day speech, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo explained the absence of Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia from the event. He clarified that the Vice President was unable to attend as he had an important responsibility of receiving the Japanese Prime Minister, who was visiting Ghana for an official two-day visit.

President Akufo-Addo expressed that Bawumia had been present at May Day celebrations since 2017, but due to his prior commitments, he had requested the president to convey his apologies for his absence. He further stated that Japan is one of Ghana’s most important partners, and it was an honor for the Vice President to welcome the Prime Minister. The President ended by assuring the public that Bawumia would be present at May Day celebrations in the upcoming year, God willing.

Bawumia welcomes Fumio Kishida to Ghana

On May 1, Vice President Bawumia welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to Ghana for a two-day state visit aimed at strengthening economic ties and promoting business and investment relations. During his visit, the Japanese Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House.

Japan has been a strong supporter of Ghana’s infrastructure development, particularly in the area of roads, in order to enhance the country’s transport connectivity. As one of the leading economic centers in West Africa, Ghana holds great promise for Japan in terms of deepening economic ties and advancing investment relations.

Furthermore, Japan sees Ghana, which hosts the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as having a crucial role to play in promoting regional integration and facilitating trade. It is worth noting that the bilateral relationship between Japan and Ghana has been shaped in part by the contributions of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi, a Japanese individual who played a significant role in the healthcare sectors of both countries.

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