Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Nana Akufo Addo agreed that promoting trade and investment between their two countries was the way to go. At the joint press conference, President Akufo Addo stated that his government is focused on building a Ghana beyond aid because “the era of development aid was not so helpful for the development of his country”
On her part Chancellor Angela Merkel assured Ghana of Germany's help in finding investors and called on Ghana to create the necessary conditions for this. Ghana is a partner of the G20 Compact with Africa initiative, which aims to support private investment in African countries.
Other highlights of the meeting between the two leaders are the cooperation for the repatriation of Ghanaians living in Germany who are not qualified for the asylum status, the creation of more study and vocational training opportunities to enable Ghanaian to study and train in Germany and the reform of the United Nations.
German-Ghanaian Business Forum
Prior to his meeting with the German Chancellor, President Akufo Addo also addressed the first German-Ghanaian Business Forum organised in Berlin where he indicated Ghana’s preparedness to shift its relations with Germany from export of raw materials and from development aid to trade and investment. He underlined that his government was taking appropriate measures and policy decisions to add value to Ghanaian products in order to achieve this objective.