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Ghana and Zambia step up bilateral relations with signing of ten MoUs

The signing of the MoUs was witnessed by Presidents Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Hakainde Hichilema of the Republic of Zambia at Jubilee House in Accra

Ghana and her East African trading partner Zambia have stepped up bilateral relations by signing ten new memorandums of understanding (MoUs).

The signing of the MoUs was witnessed by President Akufo-Addo and President Hakainde Hichilema, on behalf of the Republic of Zambia, in the foyer of Jubilee House in Accra yesterday (7 July 2023).

The signing of the MoUs followed a meeting at Jubilee House between President Hichilema, his delegation and President Akufo-Addo and members of his government. It was one of the key events on the agenda for a three-day state visit by the Zambian leader to Ghana.

MoUs agreed

The MoUs signed are in the areas of trade and investment, which were signed on Ghana’s behalf by the Minister of Trade and Industry, K T Hammond, while Rodney Sikumba (the MP for Livingstone Central) signed for Zambia.

The second MoU, on co-operation in the field of tourism, arts and culture, was signed by the sector minister, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, for Ghana and Rodney Sikumba (who doubles as the Zambian minister of tourism) for Zambia.

An agreement on co-operation in the field of science, technology and innovation was the third MoU signed between the two countries. Kwaku Afriyie, the MP for Sefwi Wiawso and Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, signed for and on behalf of Ghana and Rodney Sikumba signed for Zambia.

The next MoU, this one in the area of skills development, was signed by the Education Minister, Yaw Osei Adurwum, for Ghana, and Rodney Sikumba for Zambia.

The fifth MoU – on the prevention of illicit consumption and trafficking of narcotics drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals as well as related offences – was signed by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery (MP for Nandom), on behalf of Ghana and again Rodney Sikumba for Zambia.

Agreements on co-operation on youth; in the field of sports; in information, communications and technology (ICT); on investment promotion; and an MoU between the Zambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ZACCI) and Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) were the five other MoUs between Ghana and Zambia signed on Friday.

Communiqué

Reading a communiqué on behalf of Zambia and Ghana after the bilateral talks, the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, said that both leaders have directed the sector ministers concerned to ensure the full and expeditious implementation of the MoUs signed.

“The two leaders reviewed the state of peace and security in Africa and noted the need for a holistic and concerted action in addressing threats to the peace and security of the region,” Nana Asante said.

“The two leaders reaffirmed the commitment of the two countries to co-operate at the levels of the African Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations and to deepen the shared values of democracy, good governance and respect for human rights,” the Secretary to the President added.

Reporting by Wilberforce Asare in Accra

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