ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana left here Wednesday for Freetown for a one-day visit to Sierra Leone as part of his official working visits to fellow member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The President has already visited the three countries bordering Ghana -- Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d'Ivoire -- as part of his move to introduce himself to the leaders of these countries and to deepen bilateral relations in his quest to strengthen bilateral ties and to restate Ghana's commitment to the ECOWAS.
He has also paid working visits to Guinea, Senegal and Cape Verde. After Sierra Leone, the president will later pay official working visits to Nigeria, Benin and Liberia.
President Akufo-Addo, during the first part of his ECOWAS tour, asked his counterparts to strengthen the regional bloc and give true meaning to the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement of Goods and Persons by promoting open borders in the Community.
He explained that such a move would promote regional cohesion and economic development and would boost trade and tourism, and ensure that the peoples of the ECOWAS reap the economic benefits thereof.
The opening of our borders will give true meaning to the ECOWAS Protocols on Free Movement of Goods and Persons, and will spur on progress and prosperity for our peoples, he stated.
The President was accompanied on the trip to Sierra Leone by Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and officials of the Presidency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK