Ghana’s Ambassador to Cuba, with additional responsibility for Panama, Mr. John Tia Akologu, has presented letters of credence to the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela.
This follows an invitation from the government of Panama for the presentation of credentials a fortnight ago.
Mr. Akologu was among 15 other ambassadors from other countries, including Mexico and Guatemala.
Presenting the credentials, Mr. Akologu conveyed congratulatory and goodwill messages from President John Dramani Mahama to President Varela on his election as President of Panama in May last year.
Ambassador Akologu also expressed his profound gratitude to President Varela for the grant of agreement as well as the warm reception and privileges accorded him on his arrival.
Mr. Akologu commended the Panamanian government for its significant achievements in education, health and the economy, including an on-going expansion project of the Panama Canal, to increase the volume of trade and business activities between countries in the Pacific and the Atlantic.
He reiterated Ghana’s cooperation with Panama and emphasised the need to strengthen the existing cooperation to help move the two countries forward.
Ambassador Akologu called on the government and the business community of Panama to invest in Ghana.
He explained that with the economic credentials, political stability and good governance in Ghana, the nation remained the best destination for investment in Africa, saying that opportunities in the agriculture, energy, trade, housing and tourism sectors existed in the country.
President Varela, on behalf of the people of Panama, expressed his gratitude to Ghana for the support to elect his country to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council(UNHRC).
He asked Ambassador Akologu to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries.
President Valera confirmed that Ghana was being considered as one of the countries in West Africa to set up a Panamanian embassy and a team to be headed by the Panamanian Ambassador to Cuba would soon visit Accra to explore the possibilities for the establishment of an embassy.
On the issue of five Ghanaians who perished while travelling by sea in Panama, President Valera expressed his condolence to the government of Ghana and the families of the deceased, adding that they had since been buried.
By Times Reporter