We will prioritise the development of economic opportunities in our foreign policy. We will pursue opening and emerging markets abroad to encourage investment in our country and the sale of our goods and services.
The NPP is a party that is proud of its democratic identity and we will support democracy and the growing trend towards democratisation in all parts of the world. We will act in such a way as to improve democratic governance, and ensure that the rule of law, civil rights and political freedoms are enshrined in constitutions everywhere.
Our diplomatic missions will be supported and encouraged to link our local businessmen with their foreign counterparts in order to forge strategic alliances and partnerships to develop the private sector for economic growth and also portray Ghana as an attractive investor country.
Multilateralism in Foreign Affairs: Ghana will defend its national interests, maintain its sovereign independence, and yet take decisions with its more powerful friends, partners and allies without deferring to them.
Ghana and ECOWAS:
NPP government will play a positive role in promoting peace and political stability to ensure the economic and social development of the countries in the region and the security of our people. We will promote dialogue and negotiation as a means of settling disputes and resolving conflicts. Recognising the advantages of an expanded market for intra-sub regional trade and economic co-operation, we will work towards the realisation of all the objectives of the West African Economic Community, notably the free movement of people, goods and services.
Ghana and the Africa Union (AU): The NPP believes in the Africa Union (AU). We will do all in our power to make the Union work more efficiently and purposefully for the advancement of the African continent and its people. The NPP government will, among other things, champion the ideals of liberal democracy and market-oriented economics continue to play a positive role in the resolution of conflicts and to make our Union more practical and purposeful.
Ghana and the Commonwealth: We will not waver in upholding the tenets of the Commonwealth of Nations. Our continued membership will help foster greater international understanding, and maximise our benefits through economic and technical cooperation and enhance international peace and security.
South-South Co-operation: Our government will promote meaningful South-South trade and other forms of co-operation. Our diplomatic missions in Third World countries will accordingly be empowered to vigorously pursue economic-oriented contacts that will facilitate co-operation in trade, investment, science, technology and culture. The experience of South-South nations in oil exploration and development will be tapped to serve our national interest.
Ghana and the United Nations Organization: Ghana will not falter in her support of the UN and its specialised agencies, international trade and financial institutions like the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, and IMF etc. We will work long and hard at the UN to create a climate of ideas supportive of national development, particularly in Africa and the Third World, in such areas as international finance, official development assistance, debt relief, trade, health improvement and market access in the developed world for developing countries.
Ghanaians living abroad
The NPP will continue to welcome to Ghana, people of African descent and make them feel at home. We will develop close social and cultural ties with our kith and kin to our mutual benefit. Our government will reserve a special welcome to those endowed with special skills and resources, which can contribute to the economic and social development of Ghana.
The granting of dual citizenship has now restored the basic rights of Ghanaians living abroad whom for one reason or another, had to adopt the citizenship of their host countries, and losing their Ghanaian citizenship.