The Iranian community in Ghana has marked the 41st anniversary of the country’s revolution with a pledge to deepen bilateral ties with Ghana.
The Iranian Ambassador to Ghana, Dr Nosratollah Maleki, addressing a gathering at the anniversary cocktail here in Accra on Monday, said the Asian giant remains committed to the bilateral relations it has enjoyed with Ghana over the years.
According to him, “the Islamic Republic of Iran is doing its best to serve the government and the people of Ghana in different fields”.
These fields, he said, include health, education, agriculture, industrialisation amongst others which are the key to the development of both countries.
In the area of health, Dr Maleki said, the Iran Clinic, one of the country’s health institutions in Ghana, had upgraded its services to include radiology, dental treatment, maternity and emergency facilities to serve a greater number of people.
The Islamic University College, Dr Maleki said, continue to offer Ghanaians the opportunity to have access to tertiary education both at subsidised and full scholarship for the betterment of both countries.
In agriculture, the Ambassador said the Agricultural and Rural Development project, instituted some 35 years ago, continues to benefit many farmers and with the assistance of reactor services to produce rice so as to increase the quality of their lives.
“Both countries have understandable dialogue and approach to each other and are enjoying the mutual cooperation in different fields,” he observed.
Ghana’s Deputy Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Bright Wereko-Brobbey, on his part said Ghana was inspired by the tremendous strides the Asian country had made in the area of economic and technological advancement over the years.
To be able to model Iran’s growth, Mr Wereko-Brobbey said the government had introduced flagship policies that would ultimately lift the quality of life for the Ghanaian.
Some of these policies, he said include the free Senior High School policy, one district one factory, one village one dam, planting for food and jobs, all of which are “beginning to impact positively on the lives of many Ghanaians”.
With Ghana winning the bid to host the secretariat of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area, Mr Wereko-Brobbey urged Iran to increase its manufacturing presence in Ghana so as to take advantage of the agreement.
The Iran Revolution, as it has become known, was a series of events that led to the overthrow of the last Iranian monarch then led by Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
Joining the Iranian community to mark the day were the diplomatic community and some traditional leaders.
BY JULIUS YAO PETETSI