The United Kingdom is marking this year the 750th anniversary of the first Westminster parliament and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta, both of which events played very significant roles in the development of parliamentary democracy under the rule of law in Britain and elsewhere, including Ghana.
Towards this end, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), in collaboration with the British House of Commons and the House of Lords, is organising a Democracy Day on January 20, 2015 in London to commemorate these anniversaries.
Democracy Day will be a day of live events, discussions and debates inside Westminster and at the BBC Radio Theatre on various aspects of democracy before a live audience and to be broadcast across the world.
Nana Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has been invited by the BBC, as “someone who has spoken very eloquently on democracy and governance”, to speak in a panel discussion on the future of democracy in Africa at 1100hrs GMT. Nana Akufo-Addo will also be interviewed on BBC’s ‘Focus on Africa’ programme after the panel discussion after 1200hrs GMT.
Whilst in London, Nana Akufo-Addo, on Wednesday, January 21, will also deliver a speech at Chatham House, the prestigious Royal Institute of International Affairs, on the topic “Developing Ghana – policies for prosperity”.
Nana Akufo-Addo will leave Ghana on Sunday, January 18 and will return on Wednesday, January 21. He will be accompanied by Ms. Elizabeth Ohene, former Minister of State in the Kufuor administration and former Deputy Editor at the BBC African Service for English Daily Programmes, and Captain Edmund Koda.
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