Ghana to deepen economic ties with Kenya

 Ghana will continue to strengthen its economic corporation with Kenya by harnessing the potential of intra-Af­rican trade, the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Mark Okraku Mantey has said.

“The African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA headquartered in Accra, provides yet another incen­tive to strengthen economic corpo­ration, explore trade and investments opportunities, and contribute to Africa’s accelerated socio-economic growth”, he added.

Mr Mantey made these remarks when he joined the Kenyan High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Eliphas Barine and the Kenyan community in Ghana to commemorate its 59th Independence Anniversary in Accra on Monday.

According to the deputy minister, the bond of friendship and rela­tionship between the two countries which dates back to the days of its first Presidents, Dr Kwame Nkru­mah and Jomo Kenyatta had evolved over the past couple of years.

The bond of friendship and rela­tionship, Mr Mantey noted had been shaped by the common aspiration

for democratic governance and it enduring ethos including respect for human rights, freedom of the press among others the two coun­tries shared.

He further said that, he was hopeful the establishment of the Ghana-Kenya Business Council and the Bi-National Commission would enhance the trade and economic dimensions of the bilat­eral relationship between the two countries.

The two countries, Mr Mantey asserted, were making efforts to strengthen corporation in other areas including Defence cooper­ation.

Mr Mantey reaffirmed Gha­na’s commitment in working with Kenya to further strengthen its corporation in all fields of endeavor both at the bilateral and multilateral levels.

Mr Barine in his remarks said African governments had worked hard to provide the needed enabling environment in transact­ing business which included the establishment of AfCFTA.

He therefore urged the indus­tries in the private sector to take advantage and leverage on Af­CFTA to improve their businesses with a much more focus on value addition.

“The governments of Africa have worked hard to provide the needed enabling environment to do business. It behooves the private sector and web to have the captains of industries present, the challenge to convert this in addition to the AfCFTA framework into meaningful trades”, Mr Barine said.

Kenyan businesses, Mr Barine indicated had already taken the lead in leveraging on the opportunities related to AfCFTA which include the arrival of a vast consignment of Kenyan value added tea and car batteries in Ghana.

The High Commissioner fur­ther pledged Kenyan support to strengthen the bond of friendship between the two countries while commending Ghana for its hospi­tality to the Kenyan Embassy since its establishment three years ago.

He also paid homage to the Founding Fathers of both countries for their contributions towards the attainment of independence.

The occasion was graced by digni­taries from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, Traditional leaders among others.


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