CDD-Ghana Official Questions Ghana’s Negotiating Power Amidst Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill Controversy

Michael Augustus Akagbor, a Senior program officer specializing in Human Rights and Social Inclusion at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), has raised concerns about Ghana’s negotiating power on the international stage as the country considers the passage of a new anti-LGBTQ+ bill.

During an appearance on JoyNews’ PM Express, Akagbor emphasized the importance of Ghana assessing its position and influence globally before making decisions. This discussion follows the statement from the US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, who warned of severe economic challenges for Ghana if the bill banning LGBTQ+ activities is passed.

In response to arguments highlighting the US’s trade relations with Saudi Arabia, known for its stringent laws against LGBTQ+ practices, Akagbor underscored the significant differences between Ghana and global giants like Saudi Arabia. He cautioned against misleading comparisons and pointed to the economic impact Uganda faced after passing strict anti-gay laws.

Akagbor highlighted the potential economic repercussions for Ghana, citing the loss of $1.6 billion from the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) transaction. He emphasized the distinctions between Ghana’s democratic system and Saudi Arabia’s theocratic system, crucial factors in evaluating how each nation manages itself and engages in international discourse.

The debate over the anti-LGBTQ+ bill continues, with advocates and critics discussing not only the social implications but also the potential economic consequences for Ghana on the global stage.

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