British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has presented Republic of Ghana Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, with a signed Tottenham Hotspur shirt, much to the delight of UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey.
Sharing a photograph of the moment Mr Hunt handed over the football shirt, fellow Spurs fan Mr Hailey said he was looking forward to having Mr Hunt spreading the Spurs word in Kenya too.
The British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs was paying a courtesy call on the Vice President at the Jubilee House as part of his two day visit to Ghana.
They discussed bilateral cooperation between Ghana and the United Kingdom, as well as matters on West African Regional stability and development. Ghana and the UK also signed a joint declaration on various matters of economic and social development.
The British government has also provided funding support for three major infrastructure projects to be commenced in the next few months, including Phase two and modernization of the Kumasi Central Market, construction of New Terminal Building at the Tamale Airport, and completion of the Bekwai Hospital.
Mr Hunt also visited Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas whose anti-corruption campaigning has resulted in 34 judges, and many others, facing justice.
He also opened a new Unilever toothpaste factory in Ghana which was funded by a £5m investment, and will provide 300 jobs.
The manufacturing facility will soon expand production to cater for the West African market; cutting down imports, reducing carbon emission and increasing export revenue.
Commenting on this investment, Mr Hunt said “African countries now want business not aid to define our relationships.”
During his visit, he also unveiled a plaque on Unilever’s new Learning Centre that will help develop their workforce.
On Monday the Foreign Secretary saw how the Royal Navy is training Senegal’s naval special forces to help protect the country’s new offshore oil and gas installations.
The UK will fund a new £4 million English language programme in French and Portuguese speaking countries across Africa, and Jeremy Hunt launched the ‘English Connects’ programme at the Université Virtuelle du Sénégal in Dakar. Over the next 2 years, it will support the teaching and learning of English in sub-Saharan Africa countries where English is not widely spoken.
His day ended with a dinner with UK Business leaders in Ghana. The country’s High Commissioner, Iain Walker said his takeaway from the event was “that we can do much more when we align ourselves to common priorities,” and that his aim was to grow the partnership between the two countries.
Today the Foreign Secretary arrived in Nigeria for the inaugural meeting of the UK/Nigeria Economic Development Forum.