Gonsalves arrives in Ghana for official visit

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves arrived Ghana, on Monday, for a five-day official visit.

Gonsalves heads a delegation which includes SVG’s High Commissioner to London, Cenio Lewis and SVG’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, Ellsworth John.

Gonsalves is also accompanied by wife, Eloise Gonsalves, and Adrian Francois of the prime minister’s security detail.

Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia met Gonsalves on arrival at Kotoka International Airport.

Today, Tuesday, Gonsalves will hold discussions with African Caribbean personalities in Accra, participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, pay a visit to the George Padmore Library and later pay a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, the seat of government.

The visiting Prime Minister will hold discussions with Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, Afriyie Owusu Akoto, minister of food and agriculture and Madam Catherine Abelema Afeku, minister of tourism, culture and creative arts.

On Wednesday, Gonsalves will pay a historic visit to the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles, the two historic places that played significant roles in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which saw thousands of Africans shipped to the Americas to work in sugarcane plantations.

On Thursday, Gonsalves will pay a visit to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and later hold a private discussion with former President John Agyekum Kufour at his private residence in Accra.

Also on Thursday, Gonsalves will deliver a lecture titled “Rebuilding the African-Brazil-Caribbean Movement for Trade, Cultural and Diplomatic Enhancement” at the University of Ghana.

The event is hosted by the Institute for African Studies and will be open to the public.

While in Ghana, Prime Minister Gonsalves hopes to strengthen the relationship between both countries, form cultural linkages, look at avenues for tourism and investment promotion and help St. Vincent and the Grenadines enhance its Cocoa Production and research.

Gonsalves departs Ghana on Friday.