Ghana 'a model of African democracy'

2012-03-09 07:57

Washington - President Barack Obama praised the African state of Ghana on Thursday as a model of democracy and growth in a continent that many Americans associate with poverty and violence.

"There's sometimes a tendency to focus on the challenges that exist in Africa - and rightfully so," said Obama, who sat beside Ghana's president, John Atta Mills, in the Oval Office.

"But I think it's important for us to also focus on the good news that's coming out of Africa, and I think Ghana continues to be a good-news story," he said, warmly thanking Mills for the hospitality shown to the US first family when the Obamas visited the country in 2009.

Ghana, the world's second biggest cocoa producer, posted double-digit growth in 2011 and is one of the more stable countries in West Africa.

The US president commended Mills for his action on human rights and governance, voicing Washington's approval of the stability that Ghana provides in a fragile region of Africa.

Its neighbour, Ivory Coast, suffered months of violence last year after a disputed election, and other near-neighbours Liberia and Sierra Leone experienced years of brutal conflict.

"Ghana has proven, I think, to be a model for Africa in terms of its democratic practices," said Obama, noting that both leaders faced re-election in 2012.

Mills told Obama, "We are going to ensure that there is peace before, during, after the election, because when there is no peace, it's not the elitists who will suffer, it's the ordinary people who have elected us into office".

  • Fred - 2012-03-09 08:17

    Unfortunately for the reasons mentioned Africa is not even on the investment radar of American investors

      clivecorbz - 2012-03-09 08:46

      Fidel - 2012-03-09 12:23

      Thinking is really an under-rated activity.

  • Grobblere - 2012-03-09 08:39

    Wasnt he born in Ghanda?

      clivecorbz - 2012-03-09 08:59

      Born in America, it a prerequisite for becoming an American president. But his father is Kenyan.

  • Angela - 2012-03-09 08:50

    Like what Ghana is doing .

  • The-Azanian - 2012-03-09 09:35

    Indeed he's correct Ghana is what Africa should be: corrupt officials that squander oil revenues from public to finance their luxury lives in western countries, war and politicians that knows nothing about human rights. Tell me anything out of the ordinary Ghana has done to its people Barack?

      sntila - 2012-03-09 09:56

      Obviously you have no clue about Ghana, so why don't just keep your mouth closed. Start looking at their history and elections the picture is crystal clear

      The-Azanian - 2012-03-09 10:15

      @solutions did you anything about the protesters last year who were angry about the government that is not using revenues from oil at citizens or creating jobs.

  • ScarlotteG - 2012-03-09 11:30

    I was fortunate to travel to Acra Ghana a few years ago and it was an eye opening experience. We stayed at a hotel which was pretty much in the middle of a typical part of most African countries with very small houses and lots of street vendors and dusty streets with equally dusty kids, but all the kids were in school, the education is of a high standard, the streets were litter free and there were no beggars or homeless people on the streets! It was pretty amazing. The people are not rich, but they have such amazing pride and work ethic! Every person is earning living, even if it is just selling plantain crisps, or soap and toothpaste to the motorists on the busy roads in Acra! It would be amazing if South Africa could be like that!!!

  • samgaf - 2012-03-09 14:13

    Obama is seriously on drugs,someone please call 911.Living in Ghana is the closest you get to being in hell.Even God has forsaken those people.It is the filthiest country on the planet.All Obama wants is the gold,(richest gold mines in the world)cocoa, oil and.....Been there,got the T- shirt and the scars..

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