President John Agyekum Kufuor has been invited as the Special Guest of
Honour to this year’s Emancipation Day Celebration scheduled for July
29 to August 3, in Trinidad and Tobago.
Andrew Awuni, the Press Secretary to the president, in a signed press
release said the celebration would be under the theme: "Crossing new
frontiers to conquer today’s challenges" and would involve lectures by
representatives from Africa on the topic, "Africa and its Diaspora."
Emancipation Day festival is celebrated annually in Trinidad and
Tobago, to mark the end of slavery on August 1, 1838, and has been
described as a monumental pan-African festival- a true celebration of
Africa outside of Africa.
One African leader is elected yearly
to be the Special Guest of Honour for the event and this year the lot
has fallen on President Kufuor.
President Kufuor, the release
said, would use the visit to also hold bilateral talks with Prime
Minister Patrick Manning on issues of mutual interest and revive
economic cooperation between Ghana and the Caribbean country.
there, he would continue on the invitation of the Government of China
to Beijing to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic
President Kufuor is expected back home on August 10.