In Accra, Friday, May 6, 2016 – Ghana and South Africa enhanced their existing warm and cordial relations with the signing of agreements to cooperate in socio-political & economic areas as well as in defense & security. The signing took place during the official opening ceremony of the 4th Session of the Ghana-South African Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC).
The agreements were signed by Hon. Hanna Serwaah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana and Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, on behalf of their respective governments.
Opening the Ceremony, Hon. Hanna Tetteh (MP) entreated both sides to go beyond the agreements, and take necessary steps including follow-ups for effective implementation, and added that the citizens of both nations ought to see concrete programmes, projects and initiatives resulting from the PJCC. She stated that a lot of work needs to be done to materialize the agreements reached in all the four thematic areas for cooperation:
“And so we recognize that there is still some work to be done. We want to give you our full support and encouragement and we hope that you will be proactive about the follow-up so that we are able to achieve all of the things that you have identified as possibilities for us to work together to enhance our relationship.”
In her response, Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane stated that Presidents Nkrumah and Nelson Mandela did their best to develop their countries, and it is now the duty of the current generation to also “do something that they would be remembered for… Without the contributions of our forefathers, we wouldn’t be able to talk about Agenda 2063.” She was hopeful that Africa would move on and succeed especially with its young population.
Concluding her remarks, she stressed the importance for both countries to ensure that these legal and enabling instruments bear fruits for the benefit of the peoples of Ghana and South Africa.
It may be recalled that, the Ghana-South Africa PJCC was established in 2007, to further promote political, economic, and social cooperation.