On occasion of 74th Indian Republic Day: Ghana, India vow to strengthen ties
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI), Mr Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, has called on the Indian community in Ghana and India to invest in Ghanaian businesses to grow the country’s economy and to spur development.
According to him, the two countries could further strengthen ties with more investment in Ghana’s economy which would in turn create more job and business opportunities for the youth.
He said this at the National Day Reception of the 74th Indian Republic Day in Accra on Thursday.
He noted that the relationship between the two countries had led to the setup of several facilities such as the “Indian Kofi Annan Information Communication Technology Centre” which had provided several Ghanaians with technological skills.
He revealed that “plans were underway for Ghana to host the maiden Ghana-Indian permanent joint commission for cooperation with the first quarter of this year to boost trade, investment and political relationship between the two countries.”
The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Sugandh Rajaram in his address said the commemoration of the republic day was a signal of the strong and thriving democracy India possessed.
He explained that 74 years on, more persons were actively taking part in the General elections to choose a leader for India however, more than 90 per cent of the people needed to partake in the elections whilst India slowly adopts electronic voting.
“India’s economy, post COVID-19 is the 5th largest in the world with a 7.5 per cent annual Gross Domestic Product growth,” he emphasised.
On Indians G20 presidency, he noted that India would bring on board “new energies, perspectives especially for global south to be included in the G20 discourse.”
He added that the adoption of the theme “One world, one family, one future” would lead to the promotion of global peace.
He added that most of the ongoing global challenges such as climate change needed to be dealt with a new perspective with a strong focus on putting the necessary policy frameworks together.
He professed Indian’s support towards Ghana’s economic growth and development whilst wishing the Indian community a Happy Republic Day.
BY JESSEL LARTEY THERSON-COFIE