The President-Elect of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO-ADDO on 16 December 2016 met with European Union Heads of Mission in Accra, over breakfast at the EU Residence.
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The President-elect was accompanied by Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu BAWUMIA, Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Mr. Alan KYEREMATEN Mr. Ken OFORI-ATTA, Mr. Akoto AFRIYIE and Mr. Francis ASENSO-BOAKYE.
The European Union team included EU Ambassador Mr William Hanna, Ambassador of Spain Mrs. Maria Jesus ALONSO JIMENEZ, the British High Commissioner Mr Jon BENJAMIN, Mrs. Margita FUCHSOVA, Czech Republic, Mrs. Tove DEGNBOL, Denmark, Mr. François PUJOLAS, France, Mr. András SZABÓ, Hungary, Mr. Christoph RETZLAFF, Germany, Mr. Ron STRIKKER, the Netherlands and Mr. Giovanni FAVILLI, Italy.
In his opening remarks Nana Akufo-Addo set out a vision to promote "a free and open Ghanaian society" and to transform the economy of Ghana. He looked especially to the European Union and its member states to bring new business and investment to Ghana.
In a joint statement on Sunday 10 December, the European Union High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica offered the European Union's warmest congratulations to Nana Akufo-Addo on his election as President of the Republic of Ghana.
The statement pointed out that his election confirms the strong democratic credentials of the people and the institutions of Ghana, and also acknowledged President John Mahama's graceful acceptance of the result.