GHANA and Mozambique have begun talks to deepen their bilateralties.
Their first Joint Technical Cooperation meeting, being attended by bureaucrats and technical experts from the two countries, would form the basis for the formation of a Permanent Joint Commissison to cement their mutual cooperation.
The two countries would deliberate on variety of issues of political, economic, social and political and cultural importance aimed at consolidating their relations.
Even though Ghana and Mozambique have collaborated actively at various international fora including at the Organisation of Africa Unity now Africa Union, United Nations, Non Aligned Movement and at the Commonwealth level, not much had been done at the bilateral level.
Opening the meeting, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Leslie Christian, said the meeting was a testimony of the importance that the two countries attached to the deepening and consolidation of the relations between them.
He said in the era of globalization characterised by free market and private enterprise, some skeptics had tended to question the continued relevance of Joint Technical Cooperation for promoting bilateral relations.
The Chief Director said the meeting “is to afford our countries the opportunity to collaborate in the interest of mutual cooperation in the areas where we can build the right synergies”.
“By doing so, we stand the chance to develop South-South cooperation and market access in the areas where both countries have competitive advantage,” he said.
Mr Christian said it was imperative that the governments of the two countries intervened directly by establishing a framework for cooperation so that they could channel their scarce resources to address the negative impact of globalization on their economies as well as respond to the shared history and experience.
“Let me assure that we have resolved to work constructively with you to achieve the noble objectives of mutual cooperation that have brought us here together,” Mr Christian said.
The leader of the Mozambiquan delegation, Alexandre Herculano Manjate, Director for Africa and Middle East of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, expressed confidence that the outcome of the meeting would promote mutual cooperation of the two countries.
He said their visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, had inspired them to put their relationship with Ghana in the right perspective to promote south south cooperation.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman