Slovenian govt to establish Embassy in Ghana

The Slovenian government is considering setting up an Embassy in Ghana as a means of enhancing the economic ties between the two countries.

The Embassy would aid travels and interactions amongst Ghanaian and Slovenian business communities and boost both economies, when it is established.

The state secretary of Slovenia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dobran Bozic,

disclosed this to journalists after he paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mohammed Habibu Tijani, yesterday.

He was accompanied by a 14-member official and business delegation that was in the country to interact with Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) and forge business relations.

The visit follows a similar one embarked upon by the deputy minister in May this year.

Mr Bozic could not give timelines for the establishment of the embassy but said Ghana was ranked high amongst African countries his country was planning to deepen relations with.

Slovenia, he said, was searching for strategic partners in Africa and that it had seen a “good friend” in Ghana especially when the Ghanaian economy was one of the fastest growing on the continent.

On the areas of cooperation, he said it was too early to outline but his country was excelling in small businesses, education, food processing, banking and would not hesitate to share its expertise with Ghana.

At the meeting, Mr Tijani, recalled that the relationship between the two countries which started in 1991 after Slovenia gained its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

He lauded the country for its prowess in various sectors and urged members of the business delegation of which some were skilled in security printing, pharmaceuticals amongst others, to forge partnerships with local companies to create employment for Ghanaians and yield good returns for both countries.

He also urged them support government’s flagships programmes particularly the one-district-one factory and free senior high school (SHS) noting that such partnerships were the needed catalyst for the Ghana beyond aid agenda.

The establishment of a Slovenian embassy in Ghana, Mr Tijani said would reduce the hindrances that existed in business relation between the countries for mutual benefits.

By Jonathan Donkor

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