The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hon. Charles Owiredu, received Open Letters from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, Ambassador Diana Acconcia, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
Hon. Charles Owiredu welcomed Ambassador Diana Acconcia and acknowledged that Ghana has had the support of the European Union in many areas including the Savannah Accelerated Project. He indicated that the Savannah Project would help improve the lives of Ghanaians.
The Deputy Minister said the Continental Free Trade Area, which Ghana is a signatory to, would help promote intra-trade and remove barriers to trade on the African Continent. He added that when trade barriers were removed it would go a long way to transform the African continent.
He further indicated that the government is doing its best to transform the economy and that there was the need for a solid human resource base for the country. He added that the government’s Free Senior High School Education policy, which was introduced in year 2017, would help build a strong human resource base for the country. He said education should not be a barrier for any Ghanaian child. He underscored the importance of good infrastructure including roads and electricity for national development.
Hon. Owiredu said resources for the country should be used for the benefit of the citizenry. He said the government’s initiatives such as the “One District One Factory”, “One Village One Dam” and Planting for Food and Jobs” will help accelerate Ghana’s development.
Ghana which boast in its credential as a beacon of peace, is “well positioned to attract investment” the Deputy Minister added. He said the former Head of the European Union during his tenure worked hard to project Ghana as an investment hub in Africa, as well strengthen the relations between Ghana and the European Union. He urged Ambassador Acconcia to help attract investors to Ghana.
For her part, Ambassador Diana Acconcia, said she was looking forward to continuing her work from where her predecessor left off. She assured that she would work to support the development of Ghana.
She indicated that Ghana was part of her portfolio in her previous work at the European Union and she had been following Ghana with keen interest. She acknowledged that Ghana is a beacon of development in Africa.
She intimated that the Continental Free Trade Area is a good initiative which would bring investment into Ghana, and assured that she would work to bring investment into the country. She also indicated that she is prepared to engage Ghana in migration issues and also exchange experiences and ideas.