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Ethiopia, Ghana reinvigorate ties

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Ethiopia, Ghana reinvigorate ties

The future engagements of the two nations would be instrumental in attaining targets in the Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn is in Ghana for a three day official state visit in the west African nation of Ghana, an ally in Ethiopia’s fight against colonialism in the time of hostile geopolitics.

The Premier held discussion with John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. The two leaders expressed their satisfaction with the longstanding cordial relations and emphasized the need to enhance economic relations between the two countries. The leaders further_reaffirmed their strong commitment to strengthen and diversify their cooperation on various issues of mutual concern.

The Prime Minister has also laid a wreath at the Kwame Nkrumah's tomb located at the Memorial Park of Kwame Nkrumah.

At a warm welcome at the Presidential Palace in Accra on Thursday, Prime Minister Hailemariam expressed Ethiopia's desire to transform the long-standing Ethio-Ghana bilateral relations into more vibrate economic ties to enhance bilateral exchange.

As the two nations have immense contribution and true partnership in the struggle against colonialism and the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), they need to work for more consolidated engagement and strong action in the fight against terrorism, drought, Ebola, HIV and AIDS and other challenges facing Africa.

The Premier's first official visit to Ghana highlights the role of the two countries in building peaceful and economically strong Africa. The future engagements of the two nations would be instrumental in attaining targets in the Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

President Mahama for his part commended Ethiopia as an icon of freedom in Africa, further mentioning its leading role in ensuring peace and security in the continent.

Dr. Mahama lauded Ethiopia's immense role in the establishment of the OAU and AU, saying his country is desirous of enhancing ties with Ethiopia in the fields of trade and investment as well as peace and security that enjoyed a double digit economic growth over the past ten years.

Prime Minister Haileamriam yesterday visited Ghana’s Cocoa Touton Processing Company Limited, situated in the country’s Tema Free zone enclave as model to industrial development in Africa.

In his reflection after the visit, the Premier said that the plant can be taken as a model in the industrial development and contribution in creating jobs in Africa.

The Premier commented that African countries could draw lessons from the functions of the factory to fuel Africa’s drive towards manufacturing industry.

It was disclosed during the visit that the Company currently produces 30, 000 tons of processed cocoa and exports to countries in Europe, USA and the Middle East with a turnover of 80 million USD.

Recalling Ethiopia’s leading role in coffee production, the Ghanaian President also spoke of opportunities in collaborative engagements in coffee and cocoa production as his country also assumes the top position in cocoa production.

Hailemariam also visited the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam in south eastern Ghana with an installed generation capacity of 1,038 MW.

Concluding his tour, the Premier left to Guinea on a three-day official visit.

BY HAILEGEBRIEL BINYAM

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