United States lauds Ghana’s democratic credentials

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Oct. 25, GNA – Mr Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. the
United States (US) Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African
Affairs, has described Ghana’s democratic credentials as a model for the rest
of Africa.

He said over the years, there had been tremendous
progress in so many parts of the continent including Ghana.

Mr Nagy gave the commendation during a
telephonic press briefing from Washington, which was monitored by the Ghana
News Agency in Accra.

The press briefing was a prelude to his
pending visit to West Africa before the close of this year.

Responding to a question from the Ghana News
Agency on what he makes of Ghana’s democracy, and whether the US had a special
package for helping to deepen Ghana’s democratic process, Mr Nagy said: “I
remember when I was in Lomé, Togo, on assignment. Those days, Ghana was not
what you would call a model of political openness, but it has developed
incredibly since, as have so many countries of the continent………”

He explained that the US Government depended
on its embassies to recommend to them whatever projects they should engaged in,
relative to helping countries, either with the electoral process or with other
projects,  including advancing democracy,
human rights or supporting NGOs.

Mr Nagy said the Department of State’s Bureau
of African Affairs was focused on the development and management of US policy
concerning the continent.

He said there were four pillars that serve as
the foundation of US policy toward Africa; namely Strengthening Democratic
Institutions, Supporting African economic growth and development, Advancing
Peace and Security and Promoting Opportunity and Development.

He said the US was committed to ensuring that
on the African continent there were free and fair electoral processes.

GNA

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