The French President, Francois Hollande has commended President John Mahama for helping to bring stability to the West African sub-region during his tenure as Chair of ECOWAS.
In a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, President Hollande referred to the developments in Burkina Faso last year, and in September this year, and the leadership of President Mahama in ensuring a peaceful and smooth management of the two situations.
The meeting formed part of the programme for President Mahama’s five-day visit to the European country
President Hollande noted that as Chair of ECOWAS, President Mahama also brought the sub-regional Body’s influence to bare on the elections in Nigeria and Togo, ahead of his handing over to Senegal’s President Macky Sall.
President Mahama’s role in the sub-region’s management of the Ebola outbreak, and his involvement in ensuring maritime security along the Gulf of Guinea also came up for mention.
The two leaders who were meeting for the second time, also discussed the security situation in West African, the Economic Partnership Agreement and France’s support for development projects in Ghana.
France has, meanwhile, agreed to provide through its French Development Agency (AfD), a €37.50 million financing for the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project.
This involves the construction of the Lake Road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works.
President Mahama expressed appreciation to President Hollande for his support during the Ebola outbreak, and France’s role in stabilising the situation in Mali and other parts of the sub-region.
He also thanked France for agreeing to support the training of Ghanaian teachers in the teaching and learning of French.
President Mahama, who was accompanied by the Foreign Minister, Hannah Tetteh, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, and Mr Kwasi Quartey, Executive Secretary to President, later held discussions with the Francophone Business Forum.
The focus of his presence in France is Ghana’s decision to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to share ideas in economic and political development.
President Mahama will also attend and address the Ambassadors of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Ghanaians in the Diaspora.
During his stay in France, he is also expected to visit Bordeaux where he would be holding discussions with the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and present a lecture at the University of Bordeaux.
He is also expected to hold discussions with Bordeaux Mayor on a number of development issues, before returning to Ghana.