By Iddi Yire, GNA
25, GNA - As part of activities marking the 93rd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
of the United Kingdom, Mr Iain Walker, the British High Commissioner to Ghana
on Wednesday held a cocktail reception in honour of the Queen in Accra.
Madam Gloria Akuffo,
the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice was the special guest of honour,
at the event which was attended by government officials, members of the
diplomatic community, politicians, representatives of civil society
organisations, the clergy and heads of corporate entities.
Mr Walker, who
focused his remarks on tourism, said played a pivotal role in the
socio-economic development of many nations of the world and was able to protect
and preserve humanities most valuable cultural and environmental treasures of
He said tourism
created jobs and that globally 111 jobs were linked to travels and tourism.
research showed that tourism had proportionally twice as many employees as
other sectors and 10 per cent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP) was
based on tourism; stating that globally the numbers were significant.
international tourists’ arrivals went up globally last year by seven per cent
to 1.3 billion people travelling, generating $1.6 trillion in exporting earnings
globally and the UK’s tourism market was expected to reach $70 billion by 2020.
Commissioner urged Ghana to strengthen its tourism industry for its benefit
adding that in August this year, he would be embarking on a bicycle ride from
Paga to Accra as part of efforts to raise funds for the Burns and Plastic
Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on behalf of the Government and people of Ghana
conveyed the country’s warm felicitations to the Queen and also to the
Government and the people of the UK and Northern Ireland on the happy occasion.
Message was conveyed by Madam Akuffo who recounted that the past year was a
busy one for both countries in terms of their bilateral relations.
She lauded Mr
Walker for arranging in November 2018, high-profile visits to Ghana by some of
Britain's most eminent dignitaries and leaders, including; the Princes of Wales
and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.
She said the
visits by the Royal Family and British Government leaders and, visits to the UK
by the President and the Vice President was a clear demonstration of the
flourishing longstanding friendship between the two nations.
She said Ghana
continues to be a proud and committed member of the Commonwealth.
said President Akufo-Addo has declared 2019 as the, "The Year of
Return" for people of African descent around the world to come home to
Ghana to experience and enjoy the warmth of the people and the environment,
while exploring opportunities to invest and build economic partnership in the