Ghana signs MoU with Slovenia on economic cooperation

GHANA and Slovenia have signed a Mem- orandum of Understanding (MoU) towards developing and strengthening economic cooperation to exploit the wide range of investments and business opportunities between them for the wellbeing of their citizens.

Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, the Minister for Business Devel- opment, signed for Ghana, while Slovenia’s Deputy Foreign Minis- ter, Dobran Bozic, signed for his country The agreement was signed at the margins of the two-day Eighth Africa Day International Conference at Lujbljana, Slovenia.

Representatives from more than 30 countries in Africa and the European Union are attending the conference, which seeks to examine the future of African and European relations and cooper- ation in the context of changing demographics, employment oppor- tunities and migration patterns.

Describing the exercise as a ‘cru- cial one’, Slovenia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Dobran Bozic, said the gesture would not only create favourable investment conditions for the two countries but also help promote long-term cooperation in the areas of Agriculture, Energy, Science and Technology, as well as trade in goods and services.

Dr Awal, for his part, welcomed a Ghana – Slovenia partnership, citing the visit of the Slovenian business delegation to Ghana earlier in the year as a significant step to further deepen their trade and economic ties. Other members of the Ghanaian delegation, including Alhaji Mohammed Habib Tijani, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Chief Ex- ecutive of the Ghana Exim Bank,

Lawrence Agyinsam, Chief Executive of Ghana Export Promotions Authority, Afua Asabea Asare, as well as Ghana’s Ambassador to Italy, Eudora Hilda Koranteng Quartey, took turns to explain the various roles played by their respective outfits in the country’s quest to become an industrialised-based economy.

They also explained the opportunities Ghana sought to become self-reliant. The team also shared plans by the government to create jobs through a programme of rapid and aggressive value addition, especially in agro processing and vibrant manufacturing. Ghana and Slovenia established diplomatic relations 35 years ago.

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