Ghana - Foreign policy



Kufuor has not strayed far from Ghana's good-neighbor policy in the subregion. In the 1990s, Rawlings sent Ghanaian troops and civilian police to join United Nations (UN) peacekeeping forces in Liberia, Sierra Leone and around the continent under auspices of the Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This policy has continued under Kufuor. Ghana continues to advocate closer economic ties with neighboring states, and is a proponent of a West African monetary zone. Relations with Togo, despite the negative connotations that befriending a dictator has, are close.

If there is continuity in foreign policy, there also is departure. Kufuor has traveled extensively in his first two years to show the world a Ghana without Rawlings. Not only did Kufuor's foreign minister, Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, speak out against Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe's handling of that country's land policy and its treatment of white farmers, Ghana was among the first African states to agree to submit to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). The APRM obliges African heads of state to submit to policy review by their peers thereby providing donors with evidence of African commitment to raising standards of governance.

U.S.-Ghanaian relations were strained intermittently under Rawlings and reached a low in 1983 when the United States froze development aid in response to false accusations. The 1990s witnessed a genuine effort on both sides to improve bilateral relations, capped by Rawlings' visit to Washington in February 1999. In February 2003, Ghana found itself subject to the Brooke Amendment, which denies further U.S. assistance to countries in arrears beyond one year on their debt to the United States. In March 2003, the United States and Ghana inaugurated a trade hub in Accra that will reinforce regional efforts to enhance West African trade competitiveness to take greater advantage of trading opportunities provided through the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) and other global trade initiatives.

The West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) project—undertaken with neighbors Nigeria, Benin, and Togo, and contracted with Chevron and Shell—is behind schedule. It is expected to be operational by 2005.

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Dr. Lere Amusan
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Jun 26, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Ghana's foreign policy could not be, in any way, too far from the objectives of the World Trade Organization and the tenets of the Western Liberal Democracy that advocated oppenness and good governance for the political and economic interests of the North. Ghana under the new dispensation will only continue from where former President Kufur handed over government to a new government of John Atta Mills. Oil diplomacy will determine the stability and otherwise of the Ghana's socio-economic development.
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Wale Abobarin
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Jul 25, 2009 @ 8:08 am
This paper is an expose on the right democratic path that Ghana has taken. This should incite Nigeria to follow in the same direction so that policies on foreign relation and indeed all sphere of governance can be positively impacted onthe generality of the people
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John Yorke
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Oct 2, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
Is Ghana a potential hegemone in the Sub-Saharan region? Will her new status as an oil producing country be a "threat" to Nigerian? Will her ever-widening relations with world economic powers be a cause for concern or merry?
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dolly jean
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Jan 25, 2010 @ 7:19 pm
i think Ghana should also join not only to its regional diplomatic relations but also around the world. This could be, for sure, help in promoting an advocacy of world wide peace and security.. Helping one another.
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Dec 1, 2010 @ 11:11 am
Ghana's foreign policy could not be, in any way, too far from the objectives of the World , but there is one reason that Ghana became the first pan-africanism, also the first African country that Mr koffi anan came from ghana , its really a well democratic country that has more powerful resources, but the defacto republic of somaliland(ex-british protectorate of north somalia,) became the second democratic country in this well,

nuuh dheere is the first somali conel or general in the reigns of colonialism
who lastly became the deputy defence minister of somalia in the early 1960's

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