US Ambassador Praises Appointments Committee’s Vetting Process (Pictures)
The American Ambassador, Her Excellency, Stephanie Sullivan has congratulated the Appointments Committee of Parliament for a successful vetting process.
According to her, the manner at which the Appointment Committee conducted its business has sent a strong signal that Parliament’s work will not only center on business but also take scrutiny duties very seriously.
In a statement signed by Madam Kate Addo and sighted by ThinkNews Online, she said “She also spoke about the need for strong trade relations, referring to an statement made by the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu which stressed the need to strengthen the private sector since it is the engine of growth”
The Ambassador, Stephanie Sullivan also congratulated Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin on his ascension to the high office of Speakership.
The two spoke about a number of key issues pertaining to the development of their respective countries adding that their conversations were also centered on health, agriculture and environmental issues.
Speaker Bagbin expressed gratitude for the good relations between Ghana and the United States and made reference to the fragility of Ghana’s democracy, saying that a look at the country’s political make up points to the fact that Ghanaians are no longer interested in partisan politics and that they expect the two main political parties to put the interest of the country first and to collaborate more for the ultimate good of the country.
The Speaker of Parliament also added that accountability is a key ingredient for Ghana’s progress.
He underscored the need for Members of Parliament to be given offices and personnel in their constituencies for ease of consultation and work in the constituencies.
It will be recalled that the Majority Leader spoke about the benefits of the many knowledge exchange programmes between the two countries and emphasized the need for improved trade relations and a further strengthening of the private sector since it is the engine of growth for any economy.
However, the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu also spoke about the indicators used for measuring child labor and child trafficking which shows Ghana in a bad light.
Mr. Iddrisu urged the US to posit the phenomenon in its proper context adding that by the country’s culture, Ghanaian children do assist their parents and relatives in their economic endeavors.
He also mentioned the need to make state institutions more responsive to the Covid-19 pandemic than they are being.
Below is a copy of the release and pictures:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith