Ghana and Hungary on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to deepen their relations and provide mutual support at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
The ministerial teams for the two countries, held discussions centering on the expansion of relations, specifically on trade, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, ICT, financial services, water management, and environmental protection.
These were made known at the press briefing addressed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Hungarian President, János Áder at the Jubilee House in Accra when the latter paid a working visit to Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo said the Hungarian President’s visit to Ghana “reinforces our commitment to engage each other…our two countries share similar aspirations and values.”
“We have both turned our backs on our authoritarian past and have embraced democratic governance with its respect for human rights and the rule of law. We are member states of the United Nations.”
“We have collaborated effectively on several matters over the years and the major outcome of this afternoon’s meeting was the reaffirmation of our commitment to collaborate further and provide mutual support at both bilateral and multilateral levels,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo said the visit had afforded the two countries to enter into an agreement that would put in place a joint permanent commission for cooperation, which will serve as a platform for accelerating mutually beneficial cooperation between Ghana and Hungary.
A number of key agreements, the President said, would be signed eventually between the two countries.
They include the continuation of the educational exchange programme between the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and Ghana’s Ministry of Education.
Through this programme, educational assistance will be offered to Ghanaian students to study in Hungary in medicine, engineering, and agriculture. On the other hand, a number of Hungarian scientists, engineers, and doctors have also completed various missions in Ghana.
Again, the mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports between Ghana and Hungary. This was ratified by Ghana’s parliament, in November 2019.
It includes also a memorandum of understanding (MoU on sports cooperation between the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and the Ghanaian Ministry of Youth.
Also to be signed is the cooperation in waste management in Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, and Dambai the signing of an MoU on environmental protection and nature conservation in relation to the impact of climate change.
President Akufo-Addo said the two countries also reiterated their mutual determination to help realize the global commitment of having emissions reduce approximately 18 Gt CO2 (25 Gt CO2e) per year by 2030.
On his part, President Áder reiterated Hungary’s determination to champion the need for humane treatment of illegal migrants, as well as the protection of the human rights in accordance with international law both at home and in European platforms.
President Ader expressed optimism that ‘this afternoon’s meeting has further boosted the steadfast cooperation between us and Hungary will continue to collaborate with Ghana at all levels, particularly towards the peaceful resolution of conflicts and the search for global peace, and security to promote sustainable development around the world.”
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD