General News of Friday, 14 December 2012

Source: Malabo, Equitorial Guinea - Office of the President

Mahama campaigns for Alan Kyeremanteng as D-G of WTO

President John Dramani Mahama has confirmed his government’s support and campaign for the candidature of Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, a former Minister for Trade and Industry, for the position of Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

President Mahama asked his colleagues in an address to the 7th Summit of the Heads of State and Governments of Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on Thursday, to join Ghana to support Mr. Kyeremanteng for the position.

Government’s decision to support Mr. Kyeremanteng, a leading member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) was first announced by the late President, John Evans Atta Mills, during the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in January 2012.

Speaking to journalists after his address, John Mahama gave the assurance that Ghana will use its leverage within the Committee of Nations to garner support for Mr. Kyeremanteng’s bid.

Ghana, he said, has already secured the support of the entire membership of the AU and expressed the hope that through negotiations and dialogue other countries including members of the 79-member ACP will go with Ghana's choice.