The Norwegian and Spanish Ambassadors to Ghana on Friday called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House to bid him farewell after their duty tours of the country.
On separate occasions, the two envoys, Mr Gunnar Andreas Holm of Norway and Ms Alicia Rico Pérez del Pulgar of Spain, commended President Akufo-Addo for his strong views and commitments on Africa’s progress and prosperity drive.
“You represent that new Africa; that is why you were invited to the Focus Africa launch in Spain, Mrs Pulgar stated, adding that her stay in Ghana had deepened the Ghana-Spain relations.
According to Mr Holm, the outgoing Norway Ambassador, he will always feel nostalgic. He and the wife enjoyed a good friendship in Ghana and were excited to be moving to another African country, Kenya.
According to the envoys, their stay in the country had strengthened the friendship and bilateral relations with Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo commended the two foreign envoys for ensuring the fruitful economic and bilateral cooperation between Ghana and their respective countries, which had taken the relationship even higher.
The President particularly expressed his excitement to Mr Holm that the enhancement and strengthening of relations between Norway and Ghana had occurred since he assumed his role in Ghana.
He commented on Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, and himself visit to Norway with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Ms Erna Solberg, also visiting Ghana.
“Your period here has been a dynamic one with the relations between the two countries enhanced, and a lot had to do with you,” President Akufo-Addo said.
He called for a specialised political engagement between the two countries to periodically exchange views on other matters at the level of technical and governance.
He said the economic relations between the two countries had increased significantly and further deepens in the coming years.
The President was impressed with Norwegian companies in Ghana, particularly with Aker Energy Ghana, for its reputation with its “simple way of doing things”, particularly in the oil industry.
With his interaction with Ms Pulgar, President Akufo-Addo described her as one of those diplomats who left good imprints on the countries she worked
“We have seen a strong growth in the relations between the two countries in the period you have been here,” the President stated.
“You are going away with your head held very high that in your period, Ghana-Spain relations have gone up a further degree. You’ve done a good job for your country by promoting Spanish interest in Ghana,” he said.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD