President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday left Ghana to begin a three-nation tour of the nation’s immediate neighbours- Togo, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire- in a wider move to introduce himself to and deepen relations with countries in the ECOWAS region.

The three-nation tour is the first phase of the President’s quest to strengthen bilateral ties and to restate Ghana’s commitment to the ECOWAS project.

He would in the month of May, pay official working visits to seven other countries including Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Cape Verde, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

President Akufo-Addo would be in Togo from May 2 to May 4 2017, visit Burkina Faso from May 4 through May 5, 2017 and enplane to Cote d’Ivoire from May 5 to May 7, 2017.

He will return to Ghana May 7, 2017.

The President was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and officials of the Presidency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his absence, the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, shall, in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution, act in his stead.