Ghana, Switzerland, Botswana, New Zealand and Pakistan have a vision to stop being a producer of raw materials in favour of intermediate and finished products.
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, has therefore called for deepen ties of co-operation between Ghana and their respective countries.
Akufo-Addo, said: “We want to enter the world economy on a different nexus; that we are a country that supports its private sector. Your countries, therefore, are an important part of this transformation process.”
He said on 2nd July, 2019, when envoys from the afore-mentioned countries presented their letters of credence to him at the Jubilee House, to mark the beginning of their tour of duty in Ghana.
Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Philip Stadler, said that with Ghana ranking as Switzerland’s third most important trading partner in Africa, “bilateral trade volumes reached a record of $1.7 billion in 2018”.
Philip Stadler told President Akufo-Addo that “my goal is to contribute to the diversification of our trade relations in Ghana, despite the fact that Swiss companies run their business and their investment decisions very independently from the government, which does not interfere at all in this.”
From the Republic of Botswana, Ambassador Pule Batimanki Mphothwe, pledged to deepen relations, and work to activate the Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation between the two countries.
With Botswana’s position as a key member of the African Union, the President asked for Botswana’s support for Ghana’s bid to serve as headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
On his part, Major General (Retired) Waqar Ahmad Kingravi, Pakistani Ambassador to Ghana, congratulated President Akufo-Addo and Ghana on its steady rise to becoming one of the most exciting economic prospects in the world.
He said Pakistan finds Ghana a very lucrative destination for Pakistani entrepreneurs and pledged to “increase this enabling business framework for our businessmen and entrepreneurs by instituting periodic Business Forums in Ghana and Pakistan.”