President John Dramani Mahama has held bilateral meetings with some world leaders and high profile dignitaries on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Their discussions centered mainly on furthering the existing economic, political, social, cultural and brotherly ties between Ghana and their respective countries.
They also discussed how they could improve trade among their peoples. Other issues touched on were energy, oil, tourism, agriculture, employment, security and peacekeeping in Africa and the world.
Among them were the Jamaican Prime Minister, Mrs Portia Simpson-Miller, President of Austria, Dr Heinz Fisher, Vice President of Angola, Mr Manuel Domingos Vicente, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and Grenadine, Mr Ralph Gonsalves Among the numerous dignitaries who called on President Mahama was United States Secretary of State John Kerry.
Former President of Ghana, John Kuffour, who was in New York to take part in some side-events of the UN, paid a courtesy call on President Mahama. Ghana's enviable record as a peaceful country and a unique political model in Africa was extolled by the dignitaries during their interaction with the Ghanaian President.
President Mahama's tight schedule included a High-Level meeting which discussed emerging perspectives on the post 2015 Millennium Development Goals. He also attended a breakfast Consultative Forum hosted by the United Nations -Habitat on Urbanisation.
In addition, President Mahama was among the special guests at the UNDP/World Bank Corporate event to consider accelerating progress on MDGs. Ghana's leader together with his counterparts from Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania were selected for the event, based on their MDG progress, and especially from MDG Acceleration framework implementation in Ghana and Tanzania.
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and Global Fund Forum on the theme "21st Century Development Harnessing the power of global public-private partnership in the post 2015 Agenda was another event that President Mahama addressed.
On Thursday, September 26, President Mahama addressed the world body(UN), before interacting at a luncheon with the corporate members of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), where he assured them of the favourable investment climate in Ghana, and the numerous measures that had been laid out to make business very conducive.
He took time to explain investment opportunities and measures on the ground as well, saying Ghana's present impressive economic performance and high rating made her one of the best places in the world to do business.
Other activities of the President was a town hall meeting with the Ghanaian Community, during which he listened to various suggestions from the people and responded to questions from them on Ghana's development.
President Mahama gave a lecture at the World Leaders Forum at the Columbia University and also addressed students of the New York University. At both institutions he answered various questions from the students ranging from politics, energy, oil, contribution of the diaspora, peace and security and employment generation.