April 19, 2024

The UK reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening trade, investment and economic transformation in Ghana at the ninth (9th) UK-Ghana Business Council in Accra yesterday (31 January 2024).

The Council, which was co-chaired by the Vice President of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the Minister of State for Development and Africa, the Rt. Honorable. Andrew Mitchell MP, agreed on specific actions to accelerate more trade and investment to bring mutual prosperity to both countries.

Minister of Development and Africa, Rt. Honorable. MP Andrew Mitchell said: “I am extremely proud of the UK-Ghana Business Council and what we have done together. Today we celebrate the success of a new partnership in the automotive sector and a new green cities and infrastructure programme, which will help mobilize exciting ambitions for our relationship on climate finance and, of course, science, technology and innovation.

“This is a testament to the enduring friendship between our two countries. Our collaborative efforts over the past five (5) years have paved a path for economic prosperity, innovation and shared growth.

“I look forward to our commitment to continue creating opportunities for our nations.”

The Minister recognized the importance of a £5 million multi-country ODA-funded bilateral technical partnership on animal health between the UK and countries in Africa, including Ghana, during a meeting with Dr Brian Acheampong, Minister of Food and Agriculture.

The project aims to strengthen terrestrial and aquatic animal health systems to better prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks, increase the productivity and resilience of the agricultural sector, and prevent disease outbreaks in vulnerable communities. Work can be done to eliminate potential deaths. To date, more than 228 communities in Ghana have benefited from the project.

He also expressed the UK’s continued support and commitment to Ghana’s economic recovery. He discussed the progress of the IMF program in the meeting with the Hon’ble Deputy Finance Minister. John Ampontua Kumah. Andrew Mitchell also used the opportunity to discuss the priorities of the Climate Vulnerable Forum with President Nasheed and how the UK can support Ghana as Chair.

In addition to his engagement with the Deputy Minister of Finance, Andrew Mitchell also met with the Minister of National Security, Hon. Albert Kan-Dapaah. The two discussed regional security developments, including the situation in Niger and Ghana’s role in bilateral and multilateral responses through ECOWAS and the Accra Initiative on the back of the (third) Security Dialogue recently held in Accra.

Minister Mitchell also met with MPs from both sides of the political divide and used the opportunity to express the importance the UK Government places on Ghana’s democracy and the importance of free, fair and peaceful elections.

Source: peacefmonline.com

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