ACCRA AND UNESCO SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR ACCRA WORLD BOOK CAPITAL, 2023

ACCRA AND UNESCO SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR ACCRA WORLD BOOK CAPITAL, 2023

Accra and UNESCO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Accra World Book Capital, 2023 programme. The MoU was signed by the Mayor of Accra, Mrs Elizabeth Naa Kwaatsoo Sackey, at a brief but impressive ceremony in Accra on 30 November 2021. UNESCO was represented by H.E Mr Abdourahamane Diallo, the Head of Office and Representative of UNESCO to Ghana.

Speaking on the Accra World Book Capital, 2023 (AWBC, 2023) award, Mrs Sackey reiterated her excitement about the honour done Accra and pledged her full commitment to the planning and implementation process to ensure a successful celebration in 2023. She said the whole of the Greater Accra Region was in support of the award and would ensure that the entire country benefits from this award. She also commended UNESCO for their support to Accra and Ghana.

On his part, Mr Diallo congratulated Mrs Sackey on her appointment as Mayor, particularly for being the first female to occupy the position, and further congratulated Accra for winning this prestigious title.  He also commended efforts being made across the West African sub-region in promoting culture and education, with Accra being the third West African city to win the World Book Capital title, coming after Port Harcourt and Conakry. He pledged the support of UNESCO to ensure a successful celebration in 2023.

Present at the ceremony were Mr Ben Armah, the Coordinating Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA); Mr Gabriel Nii Teiko Tagoe, also of the AMA and a member of the AWBC, 2023 Management Team; and Mrs Ernesticia Lartey Asuinura, the Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council (GBDC), the implementing agency. Others were Mrs Ama Serwah Nerquaye-Tetteh, the Secretary-General of the Ghana Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM); Mr Carl Ampah, UNESCO; Mr Riche-Mike Wellington, NATCOM; and Ms Magdalena Hanna, UNESCO, among others.