The Republic of Ghana and the United Kingdom have signed a New Strategic Partnership agreement to deepen and strengthen their relations as well as open up new areas for cooperation between the two countries.
The New Strategic Partnership will focus in three main areas namely;
- Economic Development and Mutual Prosperity
- Stability and Regional Security
- Health, Education and Inclusion
The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia witnessed the signing of the agreement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP) and the United Kingdom Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Richard Hunt, (MP) on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019 at the Jubilee House in Accra.
Ghana and the United Kingdom have agreed to deepen their economic relations through prioritization of efforts to promote sustainable industrialization, economic diversification, job creation and greater trade and investment. This they stated would enhance macroeconomic management and increase Ghana’s domestic revenues through tax reform and well managed gas revenues.
The two countries also agreed to cooperate to improve the capacity of Ghanaian Institutions to address security issues such as organized crime, corruption and border security challenges.
In the area of Health, Education and Inclusion, Ghana and the United Kingdom resolved to partner to share and develop technical expertise between their institutions in the areas of health, education and social protection. They also pledged to collaborate to tackle poverty, inequality and also promote gender equality and economic inclusion, as well as support mental health services and people with disabilities.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (MP) in her remarks, after the signing of the agreement stated that government is working to improve the lives of Ghanaians and is focused on working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.