The United States government will continue to partner the Government of Ghana and other institutions such as parliament, to ensure the needed development of the country, Robert P. Jackson, the US Ambassador to Ghana, has said. According to him, each year the United States allocates an amount of US$250 million to the West African country to support it in the areas of energy, health, education, and good governance. Speaking during a visit to Ghana’s parliament on Friday January 13, Mr Jackson said: “Working with the parliament and new government, I may be able to accomplish some of the things during my tenure as the US Ambassador to Ghana.” “Each year, the US provides 250 million US dollars’ worth of assistance to Ghana specifically in energy, health, education, governance, and agriculture and we are working very well on security issues – terrorism and keeping peace around the world. So, we see our partnership (with Ghana) as strong. I will particularly expect to work with you and to see that governing issues are addressed, such as passing the Right to Information law, such as ensuring that members of parliament can introduce legislation, and such as ensuring that the Public Accounts Committee operates the fulsome way to ensure that the public treasuries are well spent. “I think that parliament has every right to ask how the investments from donors, including the United States, are having an impact. So, I hope that we can work together.” He added: “I believe we can all learn from one another, the United States has a long history with democracy but ours is not perfect, and, so, I hope that as we interact and exchange ideas, we can both learn from one another.”
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