Ghana, Russia explore new avenues for cooperation

Mr. Emmanuel Bombande(fourth from left) in a pose with the participants.Photo Michael AyehGhana and Russia yesterday began their second session of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJC) in Accra.

It aims to identify new avenues of cooperation, while fortifying the existing ones.

The two countries have bilateral relations dating back to Ghana’s Independence in 1957, culminating in the formation of the PJC, the first session of which Moscow hosted in October 2014.

Opening the second session yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Dr Emmanuel Bombande, said it would enable both countries to assess their bilateral cooperation through “multi-faceted lenses” but not limited to economic, scientific and technical diplomacy.

He said appreciable progress had been made in realising some of the conclusions reached at the inaugural session, particularly in the area of nuclear energy, however, adding, that “a lot more needed to be done to achieve the desired results”.

Dr Bombande noted that the two countries abounded in great potentials, which could be exploited to improve economic relations, notably in the current levels of the volume of commercial exchanges between them.

He, therefore, urged the Russian business community to take advantage of the wide range of investment opportunities in Ghana, in the areas of agro-processing, health and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, construction, energy generation, transport, tourism, education and youth development projects.

The deputy minister said the government was working tirelessly to provide the enabling environment for foreign business to operate in the country on a win-win-basis.

Dr. Bombande stressed the need to cement the facilitation of investment in each other country through the relevant legal working instruments.

Mr Evgeny, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, underscored Ghana’s economic significance in the West African sub-region and the African continent in general.

Mr. Kiselev, who is also Head of the Federal Agency for Medical Resources, stressed the need to enhance their bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries.

At the end of their deliberation today, the two countries are expected to ratify agreements on wide range of economic and social endeavours for implementation to enhance development cooperation between them.

Russia has been a development partner of Ghana over the years, helping to train medical officers for the health sector, as well as key public sector personnel.

About 650 Ghanaians are currently pursuing various programmes at various levels in Russian higher learning institutions.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman


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