Sixth session of the political dialogue and soft opening of the embassy

The sixth session of the Franco-Ghanaian political dialogue was held on Tuesday, May 28 in Accra. The French delegation was led by Mr André Parant, Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, while the Ghanaian delegation was led by Ambassador Albert Yankey, Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, accompanied by the Ambassador of Ghana in France, Ms Anna Bossman.

Political dialogue:

The sixth session of the Franco-Ghanaian political dialogue was held on Tuesday, May 28 in Accra. The French delegation was led by Mr André Parant, Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, while the Ghanaian delegation was led by Ambassador Albert Yankey, Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, accompanied by the Ambassador of Ghana in France, Ms Anna Bossman.

Major concerns:

• Among the items on the agenda, discussions were focused on the preparations for President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s state visit to France next July.

Cooperation: The activities of the French Development Agency (AFD), learning French, university cooperation (higher education and research) and the opening of the new French Embassy in Accra.

• The political dialogue also addressed global issues, in particular issues such as sustainable development and climate change, migration and security.

• Regional issues such as ECOWAS priorities and perspectives, African Union issues, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and security in the sub-region.

With regards to trade, Ambassador Yankey stressed the need to propose concrete measures to stimulate trade between the two countries.

Mr. Parant also mentioned the need to find ways to increase the volume of trade between the two countries, saying: "Currently, trade between the two countries is very limited despite the fact that more French companies are coming to Ghana because of confidence and the attractiveness of investment. He said France would organize a trade summit this year and expressed hope that after Ghana’s participation, the trend would improve.

Pre-inauguration of the embassy:

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At the end of the day, the French Embassy inaugurated its new premises during a "soft opening" in the presence of participants in the political dialogue, members of the diplomatic corps and business leaders.

Mr. Yankey and Mr. Parant, in their speech, applauded the strong ties between France and Ghana, saying "the opening of this new embassy represents a new step in the relations between our two countries".

Ambassador Yankey then cut the ribbon inaugurating the building. The evening continued with a visit to the new premises and a cocktail reception.

Dernière modification : 18/07/2019

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