President Arrives in Germany

President Mahama being welcomed by State officials to Berlin (1)The President John Dramani Mahama yesterday arrived in Berlin, the Federal Republic of Germany for a state visit.

president Mahama and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, are expected to discuss issues of common interest to Ghana and Germany at a meeting today at the German capital, Berlin.

President Mahama, who is on a three-day state visit to Germany at the invitation of Chancellor Merkel, will also meet with the German President, Joachim Gauck.

As the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments, President Mahama will, in his meetings, also discuss issues of concern to the West African sub-region and the African continent as a whole.

These include fighting terrorism, strengthening the regional blocs, and establishment of emergency health alert systems.

He is expected to also hold meetings with other German officials, institutions, businesses and address an investment forum tomorrow.

The visit, which is expected to strengthen relations between the two countries and explore new avenues for cooperation, follows an earlier meeting between President Mahama and Chancellor Merkel on the sidelines of the 4th EU-Africa summit held in Brussels, Belgium in April last year.

At that bilateral meeting, the German Chancellor described Ghana’s economy as a success story and offered her country’s support to Ghana to address short-term fiscal challenges successfully.

She also called for a more intense cooperation between the two countries, especially in the areas of business and market-driven initiatives.

Ghana and Germany established diplomatic relations in 1960 and have since, enjoyed the cooperation and support from each other.

Ghana is a priority partner-country for German Development Cooperation and has benefitted from German assistance in various facets including social, economic and political development.

Presently, Germany is supporting Ghana’s 2013-2015 fiscal years with 130-million Euros, comprising 100 million Euros for financial cooperation projects/programmes and 30 million Euros for technical cooperation.

From: Samuel Nuamah, Berlin, Germany.

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