Ghana does not want to continue living on handouts and charity, President Nana Akufo-Addo has told the UN General Assembly.
“We don’t want to be a scar on anybody’s conscience,” he told world leaders on Thursday, 21 September, adding: “We want to build an economy that is not dependent on charity and handouts.”
“Long and bitter experience have taught us that no matter how generous a charity, we would remain poor,” the Ghanaian leader said, insisting: “We want to build a Ghana which looks to the use of its own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country.”
He continued: “We want to build an economy that looks past commodities to position our country in the global market place.”
“We are not disclaiming aid, but we do want to discard a mindset of dependency and living on handouts. We want to build a Ghana beyond aid. It is an easier platform on which to build sustainable relationships,” Nana Akufo-Addo explained.