Ghana, Iran to improve trade relations

Dr Maleki  delivering his address , with him is Mr Kofi Adda

Dr Maleki delivering his address , with him is Mr Kofi Adda

The Ambassador of Iran to Ghana, Dr Nosratollah Maleki, on Monday in Accra, pledged that his country would work hard to increase trade with Ghana, to improve the welfare and prosperity of citizens of both nations.

He said this at a dinner (reception) organised by the Embassy of Iran, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

It was attended by diplomats of Cuba, South Africa, and the Vatican, and officials of the government of Ghana.

Dr Maleki said the celebration of the Islamic revolution provided a great opportunity for Iran to share with Ghana its many achievements and experiences.

He said despite years of struggle and unfair sanctions, Iran had made achievements in many fields, including science and technology, mining, health and agriculture, which Iran was prepared to share with Ghana and the rest of the world.

Dr Maleki said for the past two years, the Iranian government had offered more than 60 scholarships to Ghanaian students, and plans were advanced to extend the facilities to students of the Islamic University College of Ghana.

He indicated that Iran also supported Ghana with medical supplies and services, assisted farmers with modern farming technologies, especially in the field of rice production, adding that some Iranian farmers were currently engaging in agricultural activities.

Dr Maleki noted that in 2018 Ghana had exported about $52 million worth of goods to Iran, while it received $7million worth of goods from Iran, and there was the need to increase trade between the two countries.

Mr Joseph Kofi Adda, Minister of Aviation and Member of Parliament (MP) for Navrongo Central, speaking on behalf of the President, congratulated Iran and its people on their 40th anniversary.

He applauded them on the positive strides Iran had made in various fields of endeavour, including medicine and the inclusion of women in the socio-political affairs of the country.

Dr He said cooperation and engagement had increased between the two countries since 1970 when diplomatic relations were first established and Ghana had received assistance in areas such as health education and agriculture since then.

Mr Adda stated that the collaboration between the two countries continued to be strengthened by the visits of the vice presidents of both countries to the inauguration of each country’s President.

Acknowledging the effectiveness of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC), which had been established for the systematic management of the relations between both countries, Mr Adda said that the seventh session of the Joint Committee, which would be held in Tehran, this year, would bring mutual benefits to both countries.

Iran, he said, had established some companies in Ghana, namely the Cement Factory and Fruit Processing Factory at Aflao and Asamankese, respectively, right after the sixth session of the PJCC demonstrated the zeal of the two countries to deepen ties through trade and investment.

The minister said ties between the two countries was expected to deepen through Iranian investments in Ghana, particularly in the aviation sector, which held enormous potential for growth.

BY FREDERICK GADESE-MENSAH

 

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