Foreign minister holds bilateral talks on industrialisation agenda

Ayorkor Botchwey holding talks with  the foreign minister of Azerbaijan

Ayorkor Botchwey holding talks with the foreign minister of Azerbaijan

In an effort to boost the government’s industrialisation agenda, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has held bilateral talks with Saint Vincent, Dominican Republican, Azerbaijan, and Serbia.

The meetings were held respectively on the sidelines of the on-going 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York in the United States of America.

It was meant to deepen bilateral relations between Ghana and these countries and also seek for trading partners as Ghana industriliased her economy.

Ms Botchwey said Ghana had resolved to strengthen bilateral relations with the Caribbean nations.

She indicted that Ghana had embarked on programmes aimed at industrialising its economy and would like to export some of its products to those Caribbean nations

Ms Botchwey said the Azerbaijan, Dominican Republic, and Serbian markets were priority to Ghana.

She particularly called for closer ties between Ghana and Azerbaijan and wished Azerbaijan well as the country seeks support to host the 2025 World Expo.

The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent, Mr Ralph Gonsalves, for his part said Accra and Kingstown stood to gain a lot if the two nations collaborated politically and economically.

Mr Gonsalves promised to visit Ghana before the end of the year.

Ghana and Saint Vincent are all members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group (ACP).

The Foreign Minister of Dominican Republic, Mr Miguel Octavio Vargas pledged his country’s commitment to deepen the bilateral ties between Ghana and Dominican Republic.

The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr Oglu Elmar Maharram used the occasion to solicit Ghana’s support for his country’s bid to host the 2025 World Expo.

The Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic  indicated that the decision to move the venue for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral relations between Accra and Belgrade to the Permanent Mission was  because that was the place where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the Former President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito met to kick-start the Non-Aligned Movement.

He said “this table was the very one, President Nkrumah and Tito used to initiate an agreement to fight against the polarisation of the world on ideological lines between the east and the west in the 1960s”.

 By Times Reporter

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