Minister lauds Ghana’s bilateral relations with Middle East countries

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Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, Aug 6, GNA – Madam Shirley Ayorkor
Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has lauded
Ghana’s bilateral relations with countries of the Middle East.

She said Ghana’s bilateral relations with
them had witnessed significant improvement, particularly in the areas of
education, trade and investment, employment, tourism, and infrastructural

She noted that the renewed interests for
deeper cooperation was as a result of a series of official visits and the
conclusion of important agreements to re-define the relations for the mutual
benefits of Ghanaians and the people of those countries.  

Madam Botchwey said this on Tuesday when she
took her turn at the Meet the Press Series in Accra, to present the Ministry’s
achievements and to deliberate on matters of national interest.

She said the opening of Ghana’s Embassies in
Doha, Kuwait City and Abu Dhabi was a demonstration of the deepening of
relations between Ghana and countries in that region.

She said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
the State of Qatar reciprocated by establishing their Embassies in Accra;
adding that Malta and Suriname were also two countries that opened their
Missions in Accra.

On media reports regarding the inhuman
treatment of some Ghanaian migrant workers in the Gulf Region, Madam Botchwey
said the Ministry in keeping with its mandate to protect the interest and
welfare of Ghanaians abroad was working with relevant stakeholders to establish
the legal framework to regulate the recruitment and protection of Ghanaian
migrant workers in the Gulf region to ensure that their fundamental human
rights and dignity are respected.

“Negotiations are currently on-going with
the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait, and other
countries in the Gulf Region,” she said.

She said the Agreements under consideration
included; Regulation of Labour Migration and Model Employment Contract between
a Kuwait Employer and a Ghanaian Labour Migrant; and Agreement on Domestic Workers
Recruitment between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ghana.

She said notes were also exchanged on a
draft Agreement on the Regulation of Migrant workers in the UAE.

The Minister said Ghana also continued to
improve and strengthen its relations with Asia; declaring that “My visit to
India in July, 2018 focused on strengthening technical and economic

She recounted that some of the Agreements
reached during the visit were a $30 million facility from EXIM Bank of India to
finance the rehabilitation and upgrading of potable water system in Yendi; $150
million facility to finance and strengthen the agriculture mechanisation
services in Ghana.

She said during the period under
consideration, Ghana and China achieved new milestones in their bilateral

Madam Botchwey said in 2018 the President of
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, paid a State Visit to China, during which he
participated in the Shandong-Ghana Business Conference in Jinan and the Forum
on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

She said the President’s visit followed an
official visit by the Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia in 2017.

She noted that some of the benefits of our
bilateral relations with China include; the Sinohydro projects, participation
of Chinese companies in One District, One Factory (1D1F), the Sinotruck
assembly plant and the Tamale interchange.

She said Ghana also opened a Consulate in
Guangzhou, China, to enhance the promotion of trade and investment between the
two countries and to also address the consular-related needs of Ghanaians.

She said the existing friendly relations and
cooperation between Ghana and Japan received a further boost and led to the
Exchange of Notes and Signing of the Project for Improvement of Equipment for
the Production of Television Programme for Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

She said the Grant Agreement enabled GBC to
access an amount of $ 600,000.

Madam Botchwey said under the Project for
Human Resources Development Scholarship (JDS), 19 young public officials would
be selected this year to pursue courses at Master Degree level in Japanese

She said similarly, under the grant
Agreement for the Economic and Social development project, an amount of $2.73
million, would among other things, provide the Ghana Police Service with
communication gadgets and vehicles.