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WE ARE SORRY - Danish Gov’t Apologises for Slave Trade

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The Danish government has officially apologized to Ghana for the role it played in the dark history of slave trade in the then Gold Coast.

The Danish government has officially apologized to Ghana for the role it played in the dark history of slave trade in the then Gold Coast.

 

According to Anders Samuelson, the Danish Foreign Minister, nothing can justify the inhuman treatment meted out to human beings under the guise of slave trade.

He said this when the Danish delegation paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday at the Presidency.

“We share a dark history of slave trade, a shameful, unforgettable part of Danish history. Nothing can justify it,” Mr Samuelson said.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo, in a meeting with the Queen later, advocated stronger trading and investment relations with Denmark.

According to him, there is a long history between Ghana and Denmark, dating as far back as the 17th century, evidenced, for example, in one of the greatest assets of the nation bearing a Danish name, i.e. the Christiansborg Castle, which, until recently, was the seat of Government.

He indicated further that “we are looking forward to develop those relations, and we hope your visit will help cement a new relation between our two countries.”

With Queen Margrethe II being the first Danish Monarch to visit Ghana, President Akufo-Addo reiterated the commitment of his government towards moving the country to a point beyond aid, by developing good trading and investment relations with Ghana’s partners.

“Increasingly, the focus of Ghanaian policy is to accentuate economic partnership between our partners, to ensure that businessmen can get together and invest in our country, and Ghanaian businessmen, if they can, also invest in Denmark,” the President said.

Accompanied by a large business delegation from Denmark, the President stressed that he was “looking forward to the meetings between the Danish and Ghanaian business delegations”, explaining that it would serve as “a good basis for furthering and deepening the trade and investment relations between us.”

The President continued, “Denmark has been a solid ally, friend and partner of Ghana. There are so many areas of our national life which have been affected by the generosity of the Danish people, and the co-operation development area encompasses many areas.”

This support, the President indicated, “is a support we treasure and value”, and assured Queen Margrethe II that it “has been put to good use.”

Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey who was briefing the media after the meeting with the Danish Queen said illegal migration had been one of the major issues under discussion.

“Irregular migration and its associated challenges have been receiving lots of attention in the past few years.

“We deliberated on the underlining causes such poverty, pervasive youth unemployment, the proliferation of conflict and endemic instability in parts of our continent.

 “We decided to work together towards stemming the tide of irregular migration, particularly the activities of human traffickers. At the same time we are committed to tackling the root causes of mass migration.

She said they are also agreed to respect the rights of all migrants including deportees.

As a marked departure from its shared dark history with Ghana, the Danish Foreign Affairs minister said the country is now looking forward to a progressive collaboration in technology, green growth.