FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Friday, March 15, 2013

CRS Report: Ghana: Recent Developments and U.S. Relations JAN 2013

CRS Report: Ghana: Recent Developments and U.S. Relations JAN 2013
Ghana: Bilateral Cooperation and Leadership Engagement
Ghana is considered a model for many of the outcomes that many Members of Congress have
long sought to achieve in sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of authorizations; appropriations and
program guidance; and oversight. Ghana has received a large U.S. Millennium Challenge
Corporation (MCC) Compact and may soon receive a second. It is also a recipient of substantial
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and State Department bilateral aid, much of
which is channeled through three presidential development initiatives:

• the Global Climate Change (GCC) initiative;
• Feed the Future (FtF), a global food security and poverty reduction initiative; and
• the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Ghana also hosts USAID and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regional offices and the
USAID-administered West Africa Trade Hub. The Hub focuses on expanding intra-regional and
bilateral trade with countries in the region, a key area of current congressional interest and a pillar
of the Obama Administration’s U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa, released in June 2012.
Ghana is also one of four initial Partnerships for Growth (PfG) countries. PfG, implementation of
which began in 2011 in El Salvador, is intended to advance public and private bilateral
cooperation with selected countries whose top leaders demonstrate commitment to good
governance and sustainable development. Ghana hosts regular visits by Members of Congress,
and in 2009 President Barack Obama signaled that ties remain close by traveling to Ghana, the
only sub-Saharan African country that he has visited as president.
Link to report.

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