Fourth Session of the Ghana-France Political Dialogue on 20th April, 2017
Celebrating 60 years of Ghana-France relations, the Ghana-France Political dialogue was held at the E.M. Debrah Meeting Room at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.
Present at the dialogue were officials from the Ministry of Finance, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Police Service, Ministry of Defense, Ghana Maritime Authority, Ministry of Interior, National Development Commission, Ministry of Environment, Science and technology and members of the press.
Mr. Edwin Adjei, Acting Chief Director of the Ministry expressed appreciation to France for its efforts in promoting peace, security and development through the sub-region. He recounted the successes of ninety registered French projects in Ghana in the various sectors such as Agriculture, Banking, Manufacturing and Air transport. He further indicated that trade volumes between the two countries amounted to approximately US$20 billion. Mr. Adjei also highlighted the increased cooperation between the two countries in areas such as Regional Security, Cyber Crime, Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea, Migration, Climate Change and Development Cooperation.
In response, the leader of the French Delegation, H.E. Monsieur Laurent Garnier, the Deputy Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, congratulated Ghana for demonstrating democratic maturity through the recent successful turnover of political power following the recent general elections. He further itemized various dimensions of relations between the two countries:
Regarding Security, he recounted strides achieved in, notably Marine security in the Gulf of Guinea and the fight against terrorism. He affirmed France’s active support in Ghana’s path to economic recovery as well as lauded the new Government’s approach towards private sector development and initiatives to attract Foreign Direct Investment. Touching on Education, H.E. Mr. Garnier mentioned that France’s support for the learning of the French language was vital for regional integration. He concluded his speech by expressing pride in supporting the solidarity and dynamic relations existing between the two countries which have been sustained for sixty years.