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Gonsalves arrives in Ghana for official visit

ACCRA, Ghana — Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves arrived Ghana, on Monday, for a five-day official visit.

Gonsalves heads a delegation which includes SVG’s High Commissioner to London, Cenio Lewis and SVG’s Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, Ellsworth John.

Gonsalves is also accompanied by wife, Eloise Gonsalves, and Adrian Francois of the prime minister’s security detail.

Vice President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia met Gonsalves on arrival at Kotoka International Airport.

Today, Tuesday, Gonsalves will hold discussions with African Caribbean personalities in Accra, participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, pay a visit to the George Padmore Library and later pay a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, the seat of government.

The visiting Prime Minister will hold discussions with Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, Afriyie Owusu Akoto, minister of food and agriculture and Madam Catherine Abelema Afeku, minister of tourism, culture and creative arts.

On Wednesday, Gonsalves will pay a historic visit to the Elmina and Cape Coast Castles, the two historic places that played significant roles in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which saw thousands of Africans shipped to the Americas to work in sugarcane plantations.

On Thursday, Gonsalves will pay a visit to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and later hold a private discussion with former President John Agyekum Kufour at his private residence in Accra.

Also on Thursday, Gonsalves will deliver a lecture titled “Rebuilding the African-Brazil-Caribbean Movement for Trade, Cultural and Diplomatic Enhancement” at the University of Ghana.

The event is hosted by the Institute for African Studies and will be open to the public.

While in Ghana, Prime Minister Gonsalves hopes to strengthen the relationship between both countries, form cultural linkages, look at avenues for tourism and investment promotion and help St. Vincent and the Grenadines enhance its Cocoa Production and research.

Gonsalves departs Ghana on Friday.

Comments (8)

  1. Why is the PM visitin Elimina? Elimina is a sybol of the atrocities that his race who have wreck havoc on the African population. He has no reason to visit Elmina, it has no significance to him. His ancestors should now hide their face in disgrace. During the Holocaust over 75 million Africans lost their lives. It is,said that present day survivors are still experiencing post traumatic stress syndrome resulting from slavery. We tend to forget that is why we have elected this very white man Gonsalves to lead us. Something is definitely wrong with us as a people.

  2. Slavery and the very sad consequences that we here in the Caribbean still experience today was the subject of a recent series of very informative documentaries.
    ( https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2018/08/slavery-routes-gold-world-180813075335977.html ) Note:

    (At the end of the Middle Ages, Europe opened up to the world and discovered that it was at the margins of the world’s main area for wealth generation, Africa. Portuguese explorers were the first to set out to conquer Africa’s gold.

    When explorers reached the coast of West Africa, they saw its people as a supply of labour and the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade was established.

    Economic ambition coupled with a religiously driven effort to expand Christendom Pope, Nicholas V morally endorsed the Portuguese enterprise and a legal framework for the enslavement of Africa.
    “This was an extremely violent economy of predation,” explains Antonio De Almeida Mendes, University of Nantes, France. “The Portuguese would disembark and rush arms in hand to capture the inhabitants of these African coasts, starting with Mauritania and then Senegal, where poor fishermen lived. They were captured with nets.”

    The Portuguese set up a triangular trading system off the coast of West Africa – between Elmina, Sao Tome and the Kingdom of Kongo. They traded European goods for slaves in the Kongo and slaves for gold in Elmina. Sao Tome was developed into a sugar plantation. 4,000 Africans were brought to Sao Tome as slaves to work the sugar plantation every year.

    It was the start of a system that later expanded across the Atlantic and thrived in the Americas.
    The Portuguese were the uncontested masters of the slave trade by 1620. European ships picked up slaves from West Africa, transported them to Brazil and the Caribbean and then returned to Europe with vessels full of produce for sale.

    By 1789, 7.7 million Africans were deported to the Americas. All of Europe joined Portugal to take control of African gold and slaves including Flemish, German, English, Genoese and Venetian merchants.)

  3. The Question is why is he, or for what is the purpose, is it for a joy ride to spread his bullshit to on tax payers backside? This man has been all over the world,getting loans and Grants,and yet nothing new to alleviate or to help the unemployed. For eighteen years, every thing seems to be in a downward spiral,rising crime rate, pimps prostitution, Rapes, murders, robberies of all sorts, health care, maybe the worst in the entire Caribbean, businesses going under, banking etcetera, roads, schools Government buildings, and a whole host of things, homeless people, we’ve become a beggar nation,where hands out and dependency bribery has become the thing of the day. The people has a Government they deserved. Sorry to say, but, the situation will never get better unless or until this dictatorship of Ralph Gonsalves, becomes nonexistent.

  4. I hope that PM Gonsalves can talk to the appropriate people and get an education on how to develop a nation. Ghana does it much like Singapore and how the USA did it for thier first 200 years, by giving incentives to the Private Sector. The PM of SVG, Gonsalves believes the way to do it is through excessive borrowing and heavy taxes. That is why so very many businesses close and the best trained and educated people leave the country to go to places that provide opportunity, which is too difficult to find in SVG.

    Gonsalves is a smart man but he is incredibly stupid in all aspects of Economics. He only thinks about the benefits to the government and not to give the people a way to achieve thier own success. His systematic destruction of the Economy truely is a major contributing factor for our growing crime rate. I believe Gonsalves has lost touch with the country because he lives insulated from it more and more. The NDP has most all the answers at this time. Gonsalves also seems to care far more about his family, political party and friends, but very little about the country and its people. At voting time the people are only the means to and end for him.

  5. The part played by Ghana in Gold, Silver, Slaves and The Atlantic Slave Trade, when 12 Million people were sent into captivity. Ghana indeed was a big market in the selling of Gold, Silver & Slaves.

    As to the Slave markets, there were 65 slave markets in Ghana alone and where the children of slaves became slaves too, once those slaves were exported to the Americas and the Caribbean! Herein is “The birth of the industrial revolution”. Read Phyllis Deane “The first industrial Revolution” and watch; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7OqaMkymWI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znwRJ5K85XI

    The “Book identifies the strategic changes in economic organisation, industrial structure and technological progress associated with the industrial revolution, which took place in Britain over the century 1750-1850 and which marked a watershed in world economic development – the beginnings of modern economic growth for developed countries and an example of spontaneous industrialisation for third world countries”.

    (https://archive.org/details/firstindustrialr00dean_0 )

  6. Gonsalves will tell us that Ghana is a wealthy nation because they have more resources than SVG. Ask him to explain why Singapore is the wealthiest nation on earth and they have far less resources than SVG. Singapore even has to import its drinking water.
    Truth is that Gonsalves has the intelligence of a bag of trash when it comes to economics. He plays the tourism card when he should have been playing agriculture. His excuse is because other countries are doing it. If his friend jumped off a tall bridge, would he do it? Instead of using the resources we have he has been playing the resources he WISHES we had.

  7. The rooms of no return in Elmina castle,, Ghana, 536 years after being built to detain captive slaves. The Portuguese and Dutch have left their calling cards at Elmina, as did the many sad slaves incarcerated, auctioned and sold off there before being exported to the Americas and the Caribbean only to be auctioned and sold again, that is if they were able to survive the horrors of the Middle Passage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYuRhSE0Bpc

    Olaudah Equiano a survivor of the Middle Passage
    https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/34285/the-interesting-narrative-and-other-writings/9780142437162.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olaudah_Equiano

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