The US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, has cautioned that the approval of the Anti-LGBTQ+ law might have repercussions on trade and investment within the nation.
Ambassador Palmer emphasised that discriminatory legislation against LGBTQ+ individuals could tarnish Ghana’s reputation and discourage potential investors.
Speaking in Accra, she remarked that the diverse communities contribute to Ghana’s stability and allure for investments, urging that the same welcoming atmosphere be maintained for the LGBTQ+ community.
The passage of such a law, she warned, could signal hostility to both LGBTQ+ investors and other American companies.
”Ghana is a very welcoming and tolerant society. Lots of inter-religious harmony which makes it attractive for investment. I hope it stays that way with regards to the LGBTQ society.”
”Again, there is money to be made and if there is discrimination it will send a signal to not just LGBTQ investors and other American companies that Ghana is less welcoming,” she said.
The ongoing debate and legal actions surrounding the Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, which aims to criminalize LGBTQ+ activities and advocacy, continue to fuel controversy in Ghana.