Ghana’s President for State visit next month

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Ghanaian President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be travelling to Guyana on a state visit next month. This announcement was made by President David Granger on Wednesday as he accredited Ghana’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Professor Abena Pokua Adompim Busia.

President Granger noted that he met the West African Head of State at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in 2018 and again this year, during his visit to the Republic of Cuba, where he accepted an invitation to visit Guyana.

“Guyana prepares to host a State Visit of President Akufo-Addo on 11th -12th June 2019. We are confident that this visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two states, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, private sector cooperation, tourism and transportation,” he said at the accreditation ceremony at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday.

Guyana and Ghana have enjoyed cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 14th May 1979, forty years ago.

The President said the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states is a propitious time for deepening and strengthening cooperation.

President Granger greets newly accredited High Commissioner of Ghana to Guyana, Ms. Abena Pokua Adompim Busia as Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affair (first, right) look on

The High Commissioner in her remarks expressed her country’s interest in the local oil and gas industry.

“I must here single out the aspirations we have for cooperation and support as comparative newcomers to the global energy market. We have much to learn from each other and I hope I can count on the kind support of all the relevant stakeholders to create the enabling environment for promotion of the sector,” she said.

She pointed to other sectors including the areas of trade and investments, agriculture and agro-processing, mining, and tourism where collaborations can be strengthened.

The High Commissioner noted that the two countries share close bonds of affinity and friendship, steeped in a history which makes the relationship special.

President David Granger shares a light moment with High Commissioner Professor Abena Pokua Adompim Busia and members of her delegation and Minister of State, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams.

She also noted that Ghana is the gateway to the West Africa sub-region and in the light of this, the Government has put in place policies and initiatives which are all geared to promote Ghana as a business-friendly country. The High Commissioner then invited members of the business community to take advantage of this conducive environment.

“Please, let us exchange Trade Missions to explore the many other business ventures open to us. In the area of educational exchanges and heritage tourism, I am committed to exploring the potential for our two countries to exchange ideas and share best practices,” she said.

The Ambassador is visiting Guyana with a delegation led by Ghana’s Minister of Energy and Deputy Minister (Petroleum) Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam which has so far held meetings with the Department of Energy and some Government ministers.

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