Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair Offers Assistance To Ghana


Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged his support for government’s ambitious development projects. Tony Blair is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007.

Recently, The former UK PM was in Ghana at the invitation of the Institute of Economic Affairs, to deliver a lecture on democracy. Mr Blair explained that he does this in a “completely” non-partisan and non-political way to bring prosperity to the citizens of the continent. He further said he is trying to tap into the experiences in his “time in office” so that he can help countries in their process of changing development and growth.

Mr Blair made these remarks after a close door meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday. He also congratulated the President on his election and for the vision he has for the development of the country.

President Akufo-Addo thanked Mr Blair for the interest shown towards the development of the country.
“He came to us when he was Prime Minister over ten years and he’s back again as a former Prime Minister,” the President said.

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, says although he is aware of the challenges faced by the New Patriotic Party government in getting the country back to normal, he believes the country will be great again because President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has the interest of Ghana at heart

“I think this is a very important moment for the country. You’ve come at a time of great expectation. You have assumed this great responsibility of office and it’s very apparent when anyone spends time with you, they realize they are with someone who has the interest of the country in his heart and the right spirit with which to approach these challenges,” the former PM said.

The former British Prime Minister strongly assured that he would bring his expertise to help the Akufo-Addo administration in tacking its challenges.

“I know the challenges are formidable. What I work on now is what we were discussing, trying to use the experience of my time in office to do what I can to help countries in their process of change and development. Our initiative is in 8 different countries in Africa today. We just focus on a very simple thing which is helping countries deliver the priorities for their people,” Mr Blair explained.

“We do it in a completely non-partisan, non-political way. But we do it because if the countries can develop and their people prosper I think this is not just good for Ghana but good for the region, good for Africa and good for the world.” He further explained.

“It’s a moment of huge opportunity but you are always very aware of the weight of responsibility that sits on your shoulders and the one thing that I think is absolutely clear about you and the administration you lead is that you are determined to do the very best for your country and its people, and that you are fully aware of both the responsibility and the opportunity,” he told the president.

The President assured that his government would tap into the experience of the former British premier in the governance of the country.

“He came to have a discussion with me about the ways which he can help. The insights that he’s had into governance and how that could also help me in what I’m trying to do, so I’m very happy to have him here,” the President said.

In the most recent times, Ghana has faced a lot of challenges. The president has promised to accept and work with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in order to make Ghana great again. His assistance might bring positive changes which might lead to the country’s development.


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