Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Nana Addo receives Serbia’s highest national award

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been awarded by the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić.

President Akufo-Addo received the award “for exceptional merits in developing and strengthening co-operation and friendly relations between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Ghana.”

He was honoured on instructions of the President of Serbia on the sidelines of the ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

“We believe that the strength of this Movement is determined not just by its numbers, but, more significantly, by the attachment to the principles that founded it,” the President said.

Recounting the words of Ghana’s first leader, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, at the 1961 Conference in Belgrade, who bemoaned the hesitance of the world’s superpowers to disarm, President Akufo-Addo stated that “60 years later, the great powers have not disarmed, neither has the threat of nuclear war receded. They are still as powerful as they were then, and this has been highlighted by the COVID pandemic and the unsavoury politics of vaccine nationalism we are currently witnessing.”

“The need for self-reliance today in the global south is as important as positive neutralism was in the era of the Cold War. The impact of the pandemic on our populations has been severe. We must stand shoulder-to-shoulder, and be resolved to ensure that we are better prepared for future pandemics,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He continued, “We must not miss the opportunity of this occasion to take far-reaching decisions for a more equitable and balanced world, based on the principle of the equality of sovereign States. We should continue to work towards the global objectives of peace, development, and inter-dependence.”

“There will be challenges but, working hand-in-hand, we can move ahead together, and, indeed, much further, more so, when, through our co-operation and solidarity, we achieve the restructuring of the global financial system to facilitate the rapid development of our economies. The next sixty (60) years of our Movement must mark its empowerment to meet the wishes and aspirations of our peoples for development, dignity, and diversity,” he added

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