Ghana and Sao Tome and Principe sign instruments to deepen bilateral relations


Ghana and Sao Tome and Principe have signed four instruments to deepen bilateral relations between them.

The instruments include a general cooperation agreement in areas such as trade, agriculture, mining, education and scientific research, cultural activities, health, transport, tourism, artifacts. small and medium scale, youth and sports, information and communication technologies (ICT). , and energy.

The two countries signed two memoranda of understanding for political consultations and cooperation in the field of tourism, arts and culture, the third instrument being an agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports, service / official and ordinary.

The instruments were signed during technical level consultations held in Sao Tome and Principe last Tuesday (October 19) when Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey visited the country in official visit.

Ms Botchwey and Sao Tome and Principe Foreign Minister Edite Ten Juan signed the documents during the visit which was to intensify long-standing cordial relations between the two countries.

Ms Botchwey said that deeper cooperation between the two countries positions them to take advantage of the rapidly changing economic landscape on the continent.

“The new continental arrangements and instruments, such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, the African Single Air Transport Market and the Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons create opportunities for an ambitious agenda of progress for our people and we must seize the opportunity .

It means working together, drawing on our different strengths and capacities to create opportunities, but also to take advantage of new opportunities, ”she said.

Ms Botchwey said implementation of the agreements had become urgent as the country tackles the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), saying Ghana was ready to deepen its engagement with Sao Tome- and-Principle in all areas of bilateral cooperation, including trade and investments.

It rallied Sao To in the sense of economic operators to consider Ghana, member of the 350 million of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as a destination for investments and trade.

On the multilateral front, she said that Ghana and Sao Tome and Principe share the same position on the maintenance of international peace and security, including the defeat of violent extremism on the continent; the sustainable management of the environment and the achievement of the sustainable development goals as well as the safe, orderly and regular migration of their citizens.

She said Ghana will continue to work with Sao Tome and Principe, especially over the next two years, as we assume non-permanent member status of the United Nations Security Council.

“Our cooperation and our deep affinity for integrated Africa is the surest way to achieve the socio-economic transformation of our countries and the well-being of our peoples,” said Botchwey.

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