14 January 2014
Ghana and Ethiopia on Monday signed a bilateral cooperation agreement aimed at tapping the experience and expertise of the two countries.
Ghana’s sector Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, signed for Ghana while her visiting Ethiopian counterpart, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus , signed for his country.
They described the signing of the agreement as a means to propel the healthy relationship between the two countries which dates back to the eras of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and H.E. Gabriel Haille Sellassie.
Madam Hannah Tetteh described Ethiopia and Ghana as two leading members of the African Union [AU] spearheading Africa’s quest for unity and regional integration.
She said the signing also consolidates and creates a framework for mutual consultation not only for benefit of their respective citizens but to also propel and strengthen their relationship to another pedestal.
Through healthy collaborations, African nations she said have been able to address certain challenges that have bedeviled the continent for long. She among other things mentioned conflicts resolution and democratic governance as some of the successes chalked by Governments as a result of collaboration.
She thanked the Minister for the visit and was hopeful his visit to Ghana will yield the intended objectives.
On his part, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister expressed his Government’s appreciation to the Government and people’s of Ghana for the invitation and the warm hospitality accorded him and his delegation.
He said, Ethiopia attached great importance to its relationship to Ghana which dates back to some six decades which have survived a lot of upheavals along the way.
He said Ghana and Ethiopia can cooperate in a lot of areas for the mutual benefit of their people despite their distance barriers. He mentioned Ethiopia’s exchange commodity sector which is the finest on the continent and Ghana’s dam constructions as some of the areas they can learn from each other.
Dr. Gebreyesus, was hopeful the signing of the bilateral agreement will deepen the two nations relationship and also benefit their people adding that they have to proceed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] to actualize the agreement.
On his impression about Ghana, the Ethiopian Foreign Minister, who as part of his visit traveled to the Akosombo Dam, Tema Industrial Zone and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, responded that he was much impressed with the country’s greenery vegetation. He therefore called on Ethiopia to emulate the example of Ghana’s greenery environment.
Ghana and Ethiopia he said can be good examples to spearhead and implement African unity and integration.