Ghana and Angola seek to cooperate in dealing with the constant pirates’ attacks in the Gulf of Guinea to boost trade between the two countries.
At a closed-door meeting, President Nana Adoo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Angolan counterpart João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço on Monday explore areas of cooperation on petroleum and hydrocarbon, mining, security, agriculture, tourism and education between the two countries.
President Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco, who is in Accra for a three-day official visit, called on the Ghanaian President at the Jubilee House in Accra.
The two leaders later addressed the media at the foyer of the Jubilee, where the Angolan President, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, said Ghana and Angola needed to share ideas and engage local expertise to solve the many problems the two countries faced.
He expressed his country’s commitment to boosting the political and economic relations, cultural and tourism and cooperation at the multilateral level.
On driving domestic investment opportunities into the two countries, President João Manuel Gonçalves said there was a need for enhanced cooperation and partnership in their development efforts.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo described the visit as… “an excellent visit which has the potential to deepen the further relations between our two countries.”
President Akufo-Addo said the strong bond of friendship between Ghana and Angola pre-dates colonial times, where Ghanaian fishermen travelled as far as Angola to fish.
And as two sovereign and democratic states, the Ghanaian President said it is essential that the two countries continue to forge ahead and strengthen the relationship even further.
President Akufo-Addo said that as liked minded countries, the “two countries cannot escape the need to cooperate effectively and engage” in fruitful economic corporations to enhance their respective peoples’ living standards.
President Akufo-Akufo-Addo commended Angola for supporting Ghana to host the AfCFTA Secretariat and recently Ghana’s election to the UN non-permanent seat.
The foreign ministers of Ghana and Angolan later signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on General Cooperation between the two countries and a joint communique on the Angolan President’s state visit to Ghana.
The MOU details the establishment of a consultative mechanism that will enable the two countries to engage directly to deal with specific and critical areas of cooperation to help improve the living standards of their peoples.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD