Italian Premier begins visit

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Ms. Hannah Tetteh (right) introducing the Ghanaian officials to Prime Minister Renzi on arrival.

The governments of Ghana and Italy yesterday agreed to consolidate their ties with renewed commitment to trade and bilateral cooperation.

President John Dramani Mahama and Italian Prime Minister Mr. Matteo Renzi, during talks at the Flagstaff House in Accra as part of the Prime Minister’s two day working visit to Ghana, agreed that there were more opportunities for the two countries to collaborate to explore.

The Prime Minister’s visit is to reciprocate President Mahama’s visit to Italy in July, last year, and yesterday’s visit was to consolidate some of the discussions they held in Rome.

Among the outcomes of yesterday’s meeting, the two countries agreed to promote investments in critical areas, as well as support the growth of the small and medium scale enterprise sector.

Speaking at a State Dinner held in his honour after the talks, Prime Minister Rensi, expressed commended Ghana for the steady economic and democratic progress, saying Italy considered Ghana as a viable partner in pursuing development for the future.

Responding to a toast proposed by President Mahama, the visiting Prime Minister indicated his government’s intention to support the agriculture sector in Ghana.

According to him, the agriculture and the SME sectors were critical for the future, adding that while Italy would continue to push for bigger investments, it would devote more resource and commitment to the agriculture sector.

He cited discussions he had with President Mahama on the development of tomato production in Ghana, adding that such sectors hold viable investment opportunities which needed to be explored for the benefit of the national economy.

President Mahama, welcoming the Prime Minister in his toast, noted that the visit would strengthen the existing cordial political and socio-economic ties between Ghana and Italy and also confirm Ghana’s international credentials as one of Africa’s most promising emerging markets.

He assured Italy of his government’s commitment to their partnership, and was optimistic that the relationship would yield more benefits which would increase the 118 Italian projects registered in Ghana by the end of 2015.

“Our discussions tonight have been far reaching, and the bilateral issues have been well position,” he said.

As part of his visit, Prime Minister Renzi, who is accompanied by a business delegation, would today address Parliament after visiting the the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.

By Edmund Mingle

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