Ghana and her European development partners yesterday held a closed door session in Accra to deliberate on key issues to boost their bilateral cooperation.
High on the agenda of the Ghana – European Union (EU) Political Dialogue 2016 were regional affairs and security, current trend in global terrorism, migration issues, governance and elections with focus on observer missions to the November elections and support for the Electoral Commission.
Other areas of deliberation were expected to centre on the economy, the business environment, procurements and issues of local content, the EU – Ghana Economic Partnership Agreement, budgetary support and cooperation on the sustainable development goals.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional lntegration, Ms. Hanna Tetteh, led the Ghanaian delegation which included the Ministers of Finance and the Interior, Mr. Seth Terkper and Mr. Prosper Bani.
The EU delegation was led by the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. William Hanna.
Ms. Tetteh in her opening remarks underscored the bilateral cooperation between Ghana and individual European countries and the EU as an institution, noting that it had significantly impacted on the lives of Ghanaians, through cooperation in trade, business and security, among others.
She expressed the hope that this year’s political dialogue would boost the existing bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of both partners.
Mr. Hanna for his part noted that progress had been made in the various key sectors of cooperation between Ghana and the EU and was optimistic that the dialogue would provide the framework to expedite action on implementation of the terms of reference of the bilateral and technical cooperation.
The EU Ambassador to Ghana expressed satisfaction with the measures that Ghana had put in place to ensure best practices in the fisheries sector, which resulted in the removal of the “yellow card” on the sector.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman