Guinea-Bissau’s president, Umaro Sissoco Embaló has decorated President Akufo-Addo with his country’s highest national award – the Amilcar Cabral Medal.
The honour was in recognition of President Akufo-Addo’s selfless dedication and commitment to the cause of the African continent and humanity in general.
The Amilcar Cabral Medal, the highest distinction of the Guinea-Bissau State, is given to personalities who demonstrate bravery and exemplary leadership in their fields of endeavour.
“It is an award I will cherish for the rest of my life,” an elated President Akufo-Addo said after the medal was conferred on him.
The ceremony coincided with the president’s three-day visit to Guinea-Bissau to bolster the ties between the two countries.
The award is named after Amilcar Lopes Cabral, a great African freedom fighter.
Cabral was a Pan-Africanist and revolutionary thinker who masterminded the end of Portuguese rule in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, two West African countries that were Portuguese colonies until their independence was recognised in 1974 and 1975 respectively.
President Akufo-Addo acknowledged the long-standing relations between Ghana and Guinea-Bissau. He said both countries will continue to work together to strengthen relations.
Ghana signed an agreement establishing a Joint Commission for Cooperation with Guinea-Bissau. This will serve as the legal framework for addressing the trade and investment ambitions of the two countries.