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France, Ghana consult on trade

Fourteen member delegation from the France have visited Ghana for consultation on ways to increase trade.

The delegation is in Accra on the platform of the sixth session of France-Ghana Political Consultations.

The 14-member delegation from the French Embassy was led by Mr. Andre Parant, the Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France.

Ghana’s delegation comprising heads of some key Ministries, Departments and Agencies was led by Ambassador Albert Yankey, the Chief Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

High on the agenda is talks about the preparations towards President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s State visit to France in July; Elections 2020 in Togo, Ivory Coast and Guinea.

Bilateral, Economic and Financial Environment, including cooperation with International Monetary Fund; Investment Perspectives and Foreign Investment; Protection Agreement signed between the two countries in 1999, and Ghana beyond Aid will be discussed during the session.

Others include areas of cooperation, activities of the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD); French Language Cooperation; University Cooperation (higher education and research); update on the opening of the new French Embassy in Accra.

 The dialogue will also focus on global issues including cooperation on United Nations matters, especially Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change; Migration, human and drug trafficking, organised crimes and terrorism, and candidatures.

Regional issues such as ECOWAS priorities and perspectives; African Union matters, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea; security on the sub-region, including G5 Sahel and Mali; security in Burkina Faso and Benin will also be discussed.

Ambassador Yankey, earlier, said the dialogue session would give the two countries the opportunity to brainstorm on ways to increase trade volume.



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