FM Nasser Bourita Holding Discussions With Ethiopian And Ghanaian Counterparts
Botchway reiterated Ghana's strong support for the AU Resolution No. 693, adopted by heads of state during the 31st Union Summit in July 2018, and which stated the UN's exclusive supervision, as a consensual framework, on the series that would lead to an acceptable political, realistic, pragmatic and definitive solution to the Saharan issue.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, held talks yesterday Tuesday, May 25th, with the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.
During the first meeting with the Ethiopian minister, Bourita noted the progress made in the implementation of bilateral cooperation agreements, especially after the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Addis Ababa in 2016. The two ministers also agreed to continue maintaining this cooperation in sectors of priority such as education, vocational training, infrastructure and agriculture in addition to renewable energies and decentralized cooperation.
After recognizing the enormous potential at the level of bilateral trade exchanges, investments and economic cooperation, the two ministers reaffirmed their common commitment to continue developing their economic partnership by creating an environment more conducive to mutual investments, encouraging investment and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by markets and infrastructure, as they welcomed at the same time a proposal regarding the establishment of the Moroccan-Ethiopian Business Council.
On the other hand, Mekonnen Hassan praised the joint project between Ethiopia and the OCP Group, which established a fertilizer production plant in Dire Dawa, thanking the Kingdom for its support in the agricultural field, stressing that this project represents an ideal model for South-South cooperation.
Moreover, the two ministers valued the creation of the Moroccan-Ethiopian Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access, which promotes universal access to clean and reliable energy, and expressed their strong determination to develop and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of renewable energies.
The two ministers highlighted the great importance of the joint Moroccan-Ethiopian committee for cooperation as a mechanism to strengthen the existing partnership between the two countries and to explore new areas of cooperation. In this context, they agreed to hold the first session of the committee at an agreed date.
As for the second meeting with Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the two ministers noted the distinctive friendship and solidarity relations existing between Ghana and Morocco, which were further strengthened through the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in February 2017 to Accra, which culminated in the signing of 25 legal documents that include governmental and other agreements related to the partnership between the public and private sectors in various areas of cooperation.
On the other hand, the two parties welcomed the results of the general elections that Ghana witnessed on December 07, 2020, which took place in an atmosphere of freedom, transparency and respect for the popular will, thus dedicating African optimism based on the political reforms launched by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Bourita congratulated the Republic of Ghana on its choice to be home to the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as well as its recent reelection for a second term as Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), highlighting the personal commitment of President Akufo-Addo in his capacity as chair of the group to find a solution to the political crisis in Mali.
For her part, Botchway reiterated Ghana’s strong support for the AU Resolution No. 693, adopted by heads of state during the 31st Union Summit in July 2018, and which stated the UN’s exclusive supervision, as a consensual framework, on the series that would lead to an acceptable political, realistic, pragmatic and definitive solution to the Saharan issue.
And based on the desire of the two parties to establish an economic partnership based on mutual benefit, it was agreed to strengthen cooperation in the priority sectors such as agriculture, tourism, health, vocational training, energy and mining.
The two ministers stressed the importance of implementing the Moroccan-Ghanaian Economic Council with the aim of encouraging the private sector in the two countries to explore other investment opportunities and strengthen partnerships between the public and private sectors, which would constitute a model for South-South cooperation in Africa.
At the multilateral level, Bourita and Botchway pledged to ensure optimal coordination of their actions and support each other within regional and international bodies, as well as to promote the partnership between the two countries in the field of peace and security.