The President of Ghana John Evans Atta Mills has left Accra for Ethiopia to attend the 18th Summit of the African Union where he is expected to deliver a key note address.
The meeting will be focused on boosting intra African trade.
Briefing the press at the Kotoka International Airport moments after the President departed, the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Chris Kpodo indicated that Ghana was chosen to deliver the keynote address for very specific reasons.
“Ghana was selected to do this because of the role we have played in African emancipation and integration and also last year, the trade ministers of the AU met in Ghana and so the keynote address will be a fall out from that meeting,” he revealed.
The Deputy Minister, however, discounted claims within a section of the public that President Mills is likely to be given the leadership role of being President of the African Union.
According to him, that will not be possible because Ghana is in an election year and the term of office for the Presidency of the AU traditionally lasts for two years.