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Bush to Discuss Trade, Malaria in Ghana


President Bush is in Ghana on the fourth stop of a five-nation tour of Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the capital, Accra.

The president and Mrs. Bush begin their day Wednesday at Ghana's seat of government, Osu Castle, which was first constructed by the Danes in the 1600s.

President Bush meets with Ghanaian President John Kufour for talks that are expected to focus on anti-malarial efforts and conflict resolution in Africa as the Ghanaian leader is the outgoing chairman of the African Union.

The two presidents will have a joint press conference at Osu Castle before Mr. Bush greets U.S. diplomats and their families at the U.S Embassy.

After a lunch with Peace Corps volunteers, the president and Mrs. Bush visit a U.S.-funded trade center that has job training and an exhibition hall where manufacturers from across the nation annually display their products.

White House officials say many of those entrepreneurs have benefited from reduced tariffs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Ghanaian children enjoy the constitutional right to primary and secondary education that is both tuition-free and mandatory.

So the country is one of the targets for the president's International Education Initiative, which aims to educate 20,000 previously-untrained teachers in six countries demonstrating a strong commitment to spending their own money on schools and teachers.

President Bush will visit the Ghana International School, which has infant, primary, and secondary curricula for 300 students from 54 different countries. He will also take time to enjoy his favorite sport as the school hosts a youth baseball game.

The president and Mrs. Bush close their day in Ghana with a state dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Kufuor.

Mr. Bush ends this trip to Africa Thursday with a visit to Liberia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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