Trinidad and Tobago Backs Ghana's Bid for Commonwealth Secretary General

Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley has pledged support for Ghana's Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey to become the next Commonwealth Secretary General. Rowley will travel to Samoa to campaign for Botchwey's candidacy, strengthening ties between the two nations.

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Trinidad and Tobago Backs Ghana's Bid for Commonwealth Secretary General

Trinidad and Tobago Backs Ghana's Bid for Commonwealth Secretary General

Trinidad and Tobago has pledged its support for Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, in her bid to become the next Commonwealth Secretary General. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley announced this decision during a courtesy call on Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra on Friday.

Why this matters: The support of Trinidad and Tobago could prove crucial in Ghana's bid for leadership in the Commonwealth, potentially shifting the organization's focus towards African and Caribbean interests. A unified voice from these regions could also amplify demands for reparations from Western nations, leading to significant geopolitical and economic implications.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Rowley assured President Akufo-Addo of Trinidad and Tobago's commitment to fully back Ghana's candidacy. "I just want to give you the assurance that Trinidad and Tobago remains a leader in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and so we've given you the commitment that we will support fully the candidacy of your foreign minister," said Dr. Rowley.

President Akufo-Addo expressed gratitude for Trinidad and Tobago's support, recognizing the influence of the Caribbean nation within CARICOM. "We know that the voice of Trinidad in the Caribbean goes very far, so it's an important statement for us that you have made here today and the fact that as a result of that you have decided to go to Samoa, which is a long way away for all of us, is also something very heartwarming and we thank you very much for it," said the President.

As part of his commitment, Prime Minister Rowley will travel to Samoa to campaign for Ghana's candidacy, despite not initially intending to attend the upcoming CARICOM meeting. This gesture is one of several initiatives aimed at strengthening the relationship between Trinidad and Tobago and Ghana.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Rowley also emphasized the need for a unified African voice in demanding reparations from Western nations for their role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. He called for the establishment of a single international body to press home this demand. President Akufo-Addo noted that this initiative resonates deeply with Ghana and the African Union, which has set up a body to promote the movement for reparations.

The President stressed the importance of a unified voice in demanding reparations, citing recent developments such as apologies from European leaders like King Charles and French President Emmanuel Macron. Ghana has taken a leading role in this movement, convening an international conference on reparations in Accra.

The support from Trinidad and Tobago for Ghana's candidacy for Commonwealth Secretary General and the shared commitment to the reparations movement mark significant steps in strengthening the ties between the two nations. As the Commonwealth nations prepare to convene in Samoa, the backing of Trinidad and Tobago could prove pivotal in Ghana's bid for leadership in the international organization.

Key Takeaways

  • Trinidad and Tobago supports Ghana's bid for Commonwealth Secretary General.
  • This support could shift the organization's focus towards African and Caribbean interests.
  • A unified voice from these regions could amplify demands for reparations from Western nations.
  • Trinidad and Tobago's PM will campaign for Ghana's candidacy in Samoa.
  • The two nations share a commitment to demanding reparations for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.