President honoured in Cote Ivoire

President Mahamah in a chat with President Ouattara (left). With them is Lordina Mahamah

President Mahamah in a chat with President Ouattara (left). With them is Lordina Mahamah

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have signed an agreement to renovate the bridge between Noe in Cote d’Ivoire and Elubo in the Western Region.

The bridge which links the two countries facilitates trade.

President John Mahama and his Ivorian counterpart Alassane Ouatara witnessed the signing ceremony after the two had earlier on sat in a closed door meeting at the presidential palace.

At a joint news conference the two leaders said they discussed opportunities for mutual co-operation, security, diplomacy and economic growth.

President Alassane Ouatarra, congratulated President Mahama on his decision to sign onto the IMF as a way of injecting fiscal discipline into the macro economy.

He was also grateful to the Ghana government for hosting refugees from Cote d’Ivoire when conflict broke out in that country.

He said his government was working to ensure that the refugees return to Cote d’Ivoire as there was relative peace.

President John Mahama said the relations between the two countries would be stepped up towards trade promotion to give meaning to the regional integration drive.

He said he together with President Ouattara would at the next AU Summit push for the Lagos Abidjan corridor project to take off.

President Mahama said Ghana was encouraged by the nine per cent growth rate of Cote d’Ivoire and hope to walk in its strides.

The President thanked Cote d’Ivoire for its assistance in the energy sector.

Meanwhile President Mahama, had pledged Ghana’s total support to Cote d’Ivoire’s bid to serve as an observer on the UN Security Council.

Accompanied by his wife, Lordina, and a high powered government delegation, President Mahama would be decorated with Côte d’Ivoire’s highest national award.

The President would also receive the key to Abidjan and an honorary citizenship of Côte d’Ivoire.

Relations between Ghana and its western neighbour have seen tremendous improvement under the leadership of Presidents Mahama and Ouattara.

President Mahama is expected back home today.

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