Bawumia’s UNCTAD Delegation Wasn’t 22 – Gideon Boako

Economic Adviser to the Vice President, Gideon Boako has rubbished reports that a 22-man delegation travelled with the Vice President to the fourth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland, describing it as “Economically Worthy”.

Earlier reports indicated that, Ghana presented the highest number of delegation out of about 93 countries that attended the conference. They included, among others, Protocol officer, Official Cameraman, Official Photographer, Valet and Chief Security Officer.

The second African country with the highest number of delegation was Mauritius, with five officials.

The UNCTAD conference aims at finding common solution to global trade problems. The fourth session which was held from 11th to 22nd September discussed topics such as:

-High-level dialogue: Is the world integrating or disintegrating?

-Interdependence: Inclusive growth – towards a global agenda

-Development strategies in a globalized world

-Contribution of UNCTAD to the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries

-Building productive capacities in the least developed countries and graduated least developed countries: Lessons learned

-Economic development in Africa: Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth among other topics.

But speaking on Radio XYZ’ Morning Show, “Ghana Te Sen” on Thursday, Mr. Boako observed that, a 16 man delegation rather travelled with the Vice President to the conference which was part of laid down security and protocol arrangements by the National Security.

He however argues that the number is the lowest since 1992 and is nowhere compared to the about 150 member delegation who travelled with former President John Dramani Mahama to a UN General Assembly in 2015.

He touted the NPP’s perfomance in protecting the public purse observing that there has been a significant reduction in the number that used to travel during former President Mahama’s era.

Story by: Charles Akrofi/