Ghana on Monday, March 8, 2021 joined other Member States of the Commonwealth to commemorate the 72nd Commonwealth Day themed, “ Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming” which held virtually due to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the theme, Hon Aryokor Botchwey remarked that “it is very appropriate given the overwhelming challenges and the threats to a promising and fulfilling future for generations yet unborn. We cannot afford to be helpless in the current situation we find ourselves.
It is imperative that our abiding efforts would be geared towards assisting each other with our deeply rooted network of friendship amongst Member States, to achieve some of the goals, including protecting our natural resources and boosting trade through the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda.
Our Commonwealth family remains an organization that aspires to promote global sustainable development and helps shape the world of tomorrow, while playing its leadership role in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic”.
She pledged the country continuous commitment to the Commonwealth by fervently upholding the values of the Commonwealth and reaffirm our belief in this unique organization as a powerful influence for good in the world. It is therefore our hope that as we mark this auspicious occasion, we will cooperate more, with mutual respect and goodwill, to deliver a common future for our people.
She indicated that Ghana commit to a future that is evidently characterized by sustainability, peace, security, fairness and inclusivity.
She noted that the relevance of Commonwealth cannot be under-estimated in these contemporary times since Commonwealth has stood the test of time and has championed the promotion of prosperity, democracy and peace, justice and human rights, empowerment of women and young people, amplified the voices of small and vulnerable states, advocated the protection of the environment in terms of the blue economy through its Blue Charter and climate change.
Apart from these great strides, this intergovernmental organization has been placed on the path towards further championing trade facilitation through the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda to boost trade among its Member States and help address threats such as debt, terrorism, corruption, inequality as well as racism, she added
Hon Aryokor Botchwey said “It is our hope that with a common purpose through knowledge transfer, all can give and all can gain. This would lead to innovations that will transform lives and livelihoods to ensure an inclusive progress and a greater prosperity for all”.