Press Release

MCC CEO Daniel W. Yohannes Leads United States Delegation to Ghana Presidential Inauguration

For Immediate Release

January 8, 2013

Washington – Millennium Challenge Corporation CEO Daniel W. Yohannes led the U.S. presidential delegation to Accra, Ghana, to attend the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama on January 7.

Yohannes and the delegation met with President Mahama on January 6 to congratulate him on behalf of President Obama and the American people. They discussed Ghana’s robust economic performance and its key role in promoting stability across Africa. President Mahama expressed his gratitude for the strong U.S.-Ghana relationship and his hope that a second MCC compact with Ghana could be finalized quickly.

Other members of the delegation included:

  • U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Gene Cretz
  • Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former Ambassador to Ghana Donald Teitelbaum.

“Today is a day of celebration in Ghana,” Yohannes said. “The recent free, fair and transparent presidential and parliamentary elections are additional reminders of why Ghana is recognized as a leader of democratic governance in Africa. The United States looks forward to our continued work with President Mahama and his administration to advance our mutual interests.”

Ghana successfully completed a five-year compact with MCC in February 2012. The $547 million compact is helping reduce poverty through strategic investments in Ghana’s infrastructure and agricultural sectors. The MCC partnership with Ghana is expected to provide economic opportunities for more than 1.2 million Ghanaians.

Ghana, one of four countries selected to participate in the U.S. Government’s Partnership for Growth, is currently in the process of developing a second MCC compact that will focus on the power sector.

Yohannes also met with delegations from countries currently implementing (Burkina Faso and Senegal) and developing (Benin, Liberia, Niger, and Sierra Leone) MCC compacts.

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