According to Virginia Palmer, the US ambassador to Ghana, Ghana has always been a hospitable and accepting culture.
She expressed optimism that the LGBTQI+ community would be included in this.
Following a warning to Ghana over the anti-gay law that is presently before Parliament, Madam Parlmer made these remarks.
If the bill were to become law, she claimed, it might scare off American and LGBTQI investors from investing in Ghana.
Ghana is known for its warm welcome, tolerance, and interethnic and interreligious concord, all of which contribute to the country’s strength, stability, and investment appeal.
“I wish that the LGBTQI Community continues to enjoy peace and harmony. She told journalists in an interview on Thursday, August 10, “There is money to be earned, and the color of your money is green or red, but if there is discrimination or worse, that will send a signal to not just LGBTQ investors, but other American companies.
Her remarks come as the World Bank has declared it will stop making fresh loans to Uganda due to the nation’s contentious anti-LGBTQ law.
The lender with headquarters in Washington, DC, announced on Tuesday that it would halt project financing while it reviewed the procedures it had put in place to safeguard sexual and gender minorities against prejudice and exclusion in its projects.
According to a statement from the lender, “Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act fundamentally contradicts the World Bank Group’s values,” according to the Al Jazeera network.
“We think that in order for our goal to flourish, everyone must be included, regardless of color, gender, or sexual orientation. This law undercuts those initiatives. Our work is centered on inclusion and against discrimination anywhere in the world.
Additionally, the lender stated it will strengthen third-party oversight and complaint redress processes “allowing us to take corrective action as necessary.”
The World Bank Group stated in May that it was “highly concerned” about the law’s adoption since it did not align with the lender’s ideals.
The World Bank’s action against Uganda, which has put the anti-gay bill into law, has not alarmed Ghana, according to Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, one of the authors of the anti-gay bill in Ghana’s Parliament.
The South Dayi MP asserted that the World Bank cannot use coercion to force African nations to accept homosexuality.
On Thursday, August 10, he stated, “Ghana is not perturbed by what is happening in Uganda,” on the Midday News on TV3. In any case, the World Bank serves as a bank for all of us, not just for a select few.
“Africa is made up of 54 different countries, so if the World Bank is trying to intimidate Africa into accepting LGBTQ people, I think they are doing it wrong and are overreaching. We won’t give up now, and we won’t give up tomorrow.