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STORY: Nana Sifa Twum & Isaac Amo-Kyereme

BRITAIN'S Deputy Prime Minister Mr John Prescott has noted that Ghana is real model of the modern commonwealth.

He said the role and achievements of Ghana after independence from colonial rule should be a lesson for all commonwealth countries especially those in Africa to emulate.

He said Ghana has shown the way that given the African the push and the freedom to manage his own affairs, a lot could be achieved in a short span of fifty years.

Mr John Prescott was addressing a gathering of Ghanaians, members of the UK diplomatic corps and friends of Ghana in London, who had been invited to the prestigious Park Lane Hilton Hotel by H.E. Mr. Annan Cato, Ghana's High Commissioner to UK to celebrate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Ghana's independence from colonial rule.

He observed that Ghana's role in promoting global trade and the deepening of democracy in the Africa as well as conflict mediation do not only place Ghana as a country that most other African countries look up to but also as a country that has ensured not only what is good for its citizens but other countries as well.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that Ghana has not relinquished its determination to be the hope of Africa, as exhibited in the vision of the first political leader of Ghana after its independence, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Annan Cato noted that no value can be put to the blessings that Ghana has received; no value can be put to the role Ghana has played in the affairs of Africa.

He observed that the first president's vision for Africa is important today as it was at the time of Ghana's independence. He noted that Ghana has consistently led the way from independence to today.

Mr Cato praised the forefathers who denied themselves all good things and fought for the total liberation of the people of the country adding that their sacrifice and toils have brought us this far.

He appealed to Ghanaians residing in the UK to help contribute to the development of the country since the total development of the nation rest on all.

He was of the view that "this is a moment for Ghanaians to stand together and to celebrate our country. The world expects us to do no less. Although Ghana has had its share of many difficult challenges during the fifty years of her existence, it is to the credit of all that we have succeeded in surmounting many of these challenges and that at this point in time our country is stable, strong and united"

He said, it is a matter of great significance that such progress as we have made in socio-economic development, infrastructural development, in education and in Governance, have been achieved under conditions of total freedom and under the rule of law.

"It is a good time to be a Ghanaian and let us all together build our nation" He added. Buckingham Palace Ready for President Kufour Of Ghana Buckingham Palace the official residence of the British Monarch is set to receive Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufour as he pays an official state visit to Great Britain. This historic invitation at the request of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II will be from March 13 -15, 2007.

During this visit the President of the republic of Ghana and Mrs Kufour will stay in Buckingham palace with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Buckingham palace is perhaps one of the biggest residences in the world. It has 775 rooms, 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

The visit among other things will offer Ghana the opportunity to market it's self to the investor community in the UK. The commonwealth Business Council is for instance organising a special roundtable conference at Buckingham Palace on 14th March to facilitate opportunities for profitable investment in Ghana. The forum will set out the economic advances made by the country in recent years and highlight the opportunities available for investment in Ghana. The CBC Director-General, Dr Mohan Kaul in an interview said " "We are proud to be participating in President Kufuor's State Visit and to have been invited to work with Ghana's leading business institutions, The tide of opinion on Africa is changing rapidly as Government's like President Kufuor's reform old structures, take determined action against corruption and embrace good business practice and governance."

What however is an indication that the Her Majesty the Queen is ready to receive Ghana's President is the fact that both the Union flag and Ghana's flag have been hoisted all over the the entrances to the palace. Ghanaians in London are also ready to welcome our President as he sets foot in London. This is a good time to be a Ghanaian indeed.

Her Majesty the Queen who has experienced Ghanaian hospitality on two occasions and even danced with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first charismatic President, at the State House function in 1961 is set to welcome President and Mrs Kufour into her home as Ghana celebrates her golden jubilee year.


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