A former Prime Minister of Canada and current chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU), Stephen Harper, has praised Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, for an excellent keynote address delivered at the 2022 edition of the IDU forum held in Washington DC.
Harper also hailed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), a member of the union, for its tremendous work in supporting freedom and democracy both locally and on a regional level.
Harper reacted after Dr Bawumia appeared at the 2022 IDU Forum in Washington DC in the United States, delivering a keynote address touching on issues relating to global trade, supply chain disruptions and sanctions.
Dr Bawumia observed that although the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war have jointly affected global trade, disruptions to democracy, rule of law and lack of respect for territorial integrity of countries pose an even greater threat.
Bawumia subsequently called on global leaders not to turn a blind eye to the developments in the Sahel region where democracy has come under attack from different angles, including terrorist attacks.
Harper, who served as Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, took to Twitter to deliver his reaction to Bawumia’s address.
”My congratulations to the VP of Ghana, H.E., Dr. @MBawumia for his excellent keynote address at IDU Forum 2022 in Washington, D.C. I commend the @NPP_GH party for their tremendous work to support freedom and democracy, both at home and across the African continent. #IDUDC,” he tweeted.
My congratulations to the VP of Ghana, H.E., Dr. @MBawumia for his excellent keynote address at IDU Forum 2022 in Washington, D.C. I commend the @NPP_GH party for their tremendous work to support freedom and democracy, both at home and across the African continent. #IDUDC pic.twitter.com/LAIbUSssJ9
— Stephen Harper (@stephenharper) December 9, 2022
The International Democratic Union is a global alliance of over 80 conservative (centre-right) political parties, committed to freedom and democracy.
The IDU Forum is held to connect conservative thought leaders from around the globe, who share best-practices and learn from one another, with this year’s event occurring in Washington DC.
Former U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, addressed the gathering, as did former President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko.
The latter was presented with the IDU’s prestigious Bush-Thatcher award for freedom for his defence of freedom in Ukraine and across the globe.