Ghana, Nigeria 7th joint session opens in Accra

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey,Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Intergration (3)

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey,Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Intergration

The seventh session of the Ghana and Nigeria Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) yesterday opened in Accra. The session is to assess the level of impact of previous sessions and identify new areas to establish mutually advantageous cooperation.

The delegations from both countries are led by Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and Khadija Buka Abba Ibrahim, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ghana and Nigeria respectively.

The meeting would also include governments’ representative in both countries, Rashid Bawa of Ghana and Femi Michael Abikoye of Nigeria as well as other senior government officials and staff of ministries.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Madam Botchwey said the session was necessary to improve bilateral cooperation and review progress in the implementation of decisions taken at previous sessions.

She said the meeting would further help in deepening bilateral relations and exploring various areas that would support the developmental agendas of both countries.

The minister noted that this year’s session would focus on seven thematic areas including Economic, Finance, Trade and Investment; Defence, Security and Legal; Territorial Administration; Energy and Petroleum; Social Development; Transport and Communication and Environment, Agriculture and Aquaculture.

Madam khadija Ibrahim, in her remarks, underscored the need for Ghana and Nigeria to deepen bilateral relations for the good of the countries.

“It is with pride that I note that the quantum of trade between Nigeria and Ghana, in both formal and informal terms, has been the highest in the sub-region. Today, Nigeria is acknowledged as an important destination of Ghanaian products while Ghana has continued to be an attractive investment destination for Nigeria investors, especially in the manufacturing, finance, aviation, agriculture, construction as well as oil and gas services,” she stated.

She said both governments were required to do more to tackle security challenges posed by transnational criminals operating along the corridors of Nigeria and Ghana through the exploitation of the free movement of goods and services policy in the sub-region.

Madam Khadija Ibrahim urged the participants to work towards developing a framework to address the issues impeding the economic and social growth of both countries.

BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAM

 

 

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