Ghana-France trade exceeds 1.5b euros

Mr. François Pujolas, France Ambassador to GhanaTrade between France and Ghana exceeded 1.5 billion Euros in the last few years, Mr. François Pujolas, France Ambassador to Ghana has said.

At the same time, France’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ghana also recorded the same figure.

Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in Accra last Thursday, Mr. PUJOLAS said the two countries could do better given the structure of both economies.

He said the French government intends to invest in renewable energy, agriculture, oil and gas and road infrastructure.

He said those  sectors  were  crucial to Ghana’s economic development.

On agriculture, Ghana’s mainstay, he said France, the second largest producer and manufacturer of agriculture products would provide Ghana the expertise to develop the sector which employs about 70 per cent of Ghanaians.

He described as welcoming the decision by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to prioritise agriculture, adding that agriculture should be linked with productivity.

On oil and gas, he said Technip, a French oil and gas company based in Ghana,   had won part of the Sankofa gas project to transform gas onshore for generation of electricity.

Additionally, he said ongoing expansion of the Tema Motorway and Tema Harbour being undertaken by a French company was worth about 1.5 billion euros.

Mr. Pujolas said Golden Exotics, Giel and Tuton, all manufacturing companies were adding value to agriculture products mainly fruits, while providing jobs to Ghanaians.

He said the French government was also providing support to local Ghanaian farmers to increase their productivity.

By Malik Sullemana

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