The Italian Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Laura Carpini, has reaffirmed her country’s commitment to strengthening bilateral ties with Ghana to consolidate the gains made.
Ms. Carpini said the two countries would also structure their mutual cooperation to respond to global security and migration issues.
She was proposing a toast at a reception held at her official residence in Accra last Thursday, to mark Italy’s 70th Festa Della Repubblica (National Day) celebration.
Ms Carpini noted that the world was increasingly facing challenges of terrorism, climate change and unregulated migration with larger and larger refugee flows.
She said that while promoting business, investment and job creation,“ we also need dialogue and cooperation between friendly nations and this is precisely what we have done with Ghana.”
Ms Carpini praised Ghana for the launch of the National Migration Policy, saying the largest Ghanaian community is the Schengen area in Italy, and “we are proposing durable and holistic solutions to better regulate migratory flows with our EU partners”.
She said, consequently, Italy was ready to work with Ghana within the framework of its migration policy for the realisation of those objectives.
“Ghana and her citizens are important to Italy, and we have proved it in the last years by stepping up our efforts to bring our bilateral relations with Ghana to higher levels,” Ms. Carpini said.
On Ghana’s forthcoming election, she reminded the people that the process would be followed by the international community, saying the country would be expected to sustain its high democratic credentials.
The Italian Ambassador said “as such, we also urge all parties to continue to shun violence and work with the well-established institutions, to ensure that yet again Ghana shows itself as a model of democracy in the region and throughout Africa by conducting fair, transparent and peaceful elections”.
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, who represented the government at the reception, said that Ghana cherished her ties with Italy, and would work to consolidate the gains of the bilateral cooperation.
He said that the government of Ghana would not compromise its firm stance to ensure that the elections were held in a fair and peaceful atmosphere.
By Alberto Mario Noretti