Minister for Overseas Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has hinted that Ghana is set to deepen its bilateral relations with other nations around the world in pursuit of the national pursuits of official and Point out visits.
According to her, this kind of condition visits go a extended way to affirm the ongoing cordial relations that exists among Ghana and other countries.
Addressing the media at a Fulfill-The-Press on Tuesday, Madam Botchwey reported “Ghana’s President was the initial to be hosted by South African President, H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, subsequent his swearing-in as President of the Republic of South Africa. This was an affirmation of the ongoing cordial relations that exist concerning the two nations around the world.
“All through the take a look at, the two Heads of Point out agreed to up grade the current PJCC amongst the two international locations to a Bi-Countrywide Fee to be held underneath the leadership of the two Presidents. A joint assertion of intent was signed relating to technological cooperation in the discipline of strategic railway infrastructural growth. Yet another considerable final result of the stop by is the ongoing conversations for a ninety (90) working day visa exemption for everyday passport holders on a reciprocal foundation.”
She included that Ghana’s bilateral relations with international locations in the Middle East region also witnessed major improvement, especially in the space of schooling, trade and expenditure, employment, tourism, and infrastructural advancement.
“Because the present-day govt assumed office environment in January 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has witnessed an exceptionally intensive amount of diplomatic action covering a large assortment of bilateral and multilateral challenges.
“In the process, Ghana’s graphic has soared as evidenced by the trade of many large level visits appreciable inflows of foreign direct investments the management purpose accorded the President in the marketing of gender and the sustainable progress goals as effectively as the mediation in the Togolese crisis. The determination by the management of the African Union to pick Ghana as the host region of the African Continental No cost Trade Region (AFCFTA) is a effective demonstration of the immense respect and goodwill Ghana enjoys in the international group.
“The renewed interests for further cooperation were as a final result of a sequence of official visits and the summary of critical agreements to re-outline these relations for the mutual rewards of Ghanaians and the individuals of those people nations. The opening of Ghana Embassies in Doha, Kuwait City and Abu Dhabi was a demonstration of the deepening of relations in between Ghana and nations around the world in that region. The United Arab Emirates and the State of Qatar reciprocated by creating their Embassies in Accra. Malta and Suriname have been also two nations that opened their Missions in Accra.” the Minister recalled.
Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey even more disclosed that regardless of the vile media studies relating to the inhuman therapy of some Ghanaian migrant employees in the Gulf States, her outfit in maintaining with its mandate is performing to safeguard the fascination and welfare of its citizens abroad.
“The Authorities is doing work with appropriate stakeholders to build the legal framework to regulate the recruitment and protection of Ghanaian migrant employees in the Gulf location to make certain that their essential human rights and dignity are highly regarded. Negotiations are at present ongoing with the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Condition of Kuwait, and other nations in the Gulf Region. The Agreements beneath consideration incorporate Regulation of Labour Migration and Model Employment Contract concerning a Kuwait Employer and a Ghanaian Labour Migrant and Settlement on Domestic Personnel Recruitment amongst the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Ghana,” she intimated.
The Overseas Affairs Minister highlighted Sinohydro Projects, Participation of Chinese Organizations in 1D1F, Sinotruck Assembly Plant and Tamale Interchange as some of the rewards of Ghana’s bilateral relations with China.
“Ghana has also opened a Consulate in Guangzhou, China, to increase the advertising of trade and financial investment concerning the two international locations and to also tackle the consular-associated requirements of Ghanaians. The existing pleasant relations and cooperation concerning Ghana and Japan received a further boost and led to the Trade of Notes and Signing of the Task for Enhancement of Products for the Output of Tv Programme for Ghana Broadcasting Company (GBC). The Grant Agreement enabled GBC to entry an sum of US$ 600,000.00. Similarly, beneath the grant Arrangement for the Financial and Social improvement challenge, an amount of US$2.73 million, will amongst other things, supply the Ghana Law enforcement Service with conversation gizmos and vehicles. Relations with Cuba ended up also given a strengthen. A state go to by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from 3rd to 6th April, 2019 highlighted the cordial relations involving Ghana and Cuba and the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations amongst the two nations around the world,” she stressed.
Talking on Economic Diplomacy, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey hinted that international insurance policies such as the domestic policy look for to advance countrywide goals incorporating that it is also of important national desire.
“Economic Diplomacy supports the national objective of diversifying and escalating Ghana’s export foundation by actively trying to get markets for Ghanaian products and solutions overseas and taking gain of preferential preparations and multilateral trade agreements. Financial Diplomacy also supports the diversification and enlargement of the tourism marketplace for work creation and earnings generation by internet marketing Ghana abroad as a competitive vacationer vacation spot and attracting financial investment into the hospitability sector. The Authorities less than President Akufo-Addo prioritizes the advancement of financial options in Ghana’s international policy by opening up markets for Ghanaian exports and attracting international immediate investments (FDIs) into the nation,” she disclosed.
She included that economic diplomacy has come to be a central concentration in the implementation of the country’s international plan in having of advantage of its substantial economic and trade potentials.
“To give indicating to this coverage direction, the Ministry re-recognized the Financial, Trade and Investment decision Bureau (ECTIB) in June 2017 to convey aim to the Ministry’s financial pursuits and its collaboration with other institutions. We practice financial diplomacy at residence as well. In 2018, the Ministry organized its maiden Bazaar Extravaganza of “Made-in-Ghana” items and companies. The Exhibition brought alongside one another around fifty (50) indigenous business people to display their wares and items. The Diplomatic Corps, as effectively as the general general public ended up invited to the two-day occasion at the premises of the Ministry. The thriving maiden Bazaar inspired the Ministry to manage the just finished 2nd Designed-in-Ghana Bazaar which was highly patronized by the general public,” she emphasized.
Answering questions on Permanent Joint Commissions for Cooperation and Political Consultations, Madam Botchwey reported “The Long lasting Joint Commissions for Cooperation (PJCCs) and Political Consultations (PCs) are the recognized frameworks for furthering our bilateral relations with other states. The Ministry via our Missions also effectively facilitated the group of Permanent Joint Commissions for Cooperation (PJCCs) and Political Consultations (Personal computer) with various countries. All through these conferences, in-depth discussions are held concerning the events on a wide range of sectors, like trade and financial investment, agriculture and agro-processing, health and fitness, training, science and technological know-how, ICT, ecosystem, and peace and protection.”
She even so acknowledged that the agreements normally signed at the conclusion of these periods, make tangible results, these as the institution of industries and the consequent creation of careers, engineering transfer as properly as know-how then finding out of most effective techniques.
The sector posited that her outfit continues to discharge its mandate as outlined in the Passports and Journey Certificate Act 1967 (N.L.C.D. 155). In carrying out its features, the Ministry performs in collaboration with other pertinent MDAs this sort of as the Birth and Death Registry, Controller and Accountant General’s Department, Ghana Immigration Support and other Security Providers, all of which have associates stationed in the respective Passport Software Centres (PACs) across the state.
A further look at also suggests that about the previous two several years, the Ministry has embarked on a number of initiatives to facilitate the course of action of passport acquisition for Ghanaians. Among the these includes the on-line passport software downloadable Portable Doc Structure (PDF) Passport Application Form.
Many others are extension of Passport Applications Facilities (PACs) to eight (8) regional capitals the establishment of the Quality Passport Application Centre overhauling of passport processing gear extension of the validity of passports from five (5) several years to ten (10) yrs amongst other folks. Also, there are options to introduce 48-webpage passports to satisfy the wants of recurrent travelers ahead of the stop of this calendar year.
The Minister explained “I consider most candidates will now attest to the improvement in the passport assistance shipping and delivery. We are not there but but we are producing extraordinary progress. The Ministry has started discussions aimed at introducing chip embedded passports to continue to keep up the pace of technological development and enrich the security of Ghanaian passports.”
Addressing difficulties on Migration difficulties, Madam Shirley highlighted that it has grow to be a thorny worldwide concern which can be correctly addressed in the spirit of partnership and respect for international law and treaty obligations.
“Dealing with the scourge of irregular legal migration has grow to be extra pronounced in the wake of the modern-day-working day slavery as was lately documented in Libya, where by a significant range of sub-Saharan Africans ended up getting auctioned as slaves. In collaboration with IOM, the Ministry facilitated the voluntary repatriation of about 8 hundred and forty- 3 (843) irregular Ghanaian migrants underneath the “Return, Readmission and Reintegration Programme”, via a chartered flight from Tripoli, Libya, to Ghana. The Worldwide Corporation for Migration (IOM) is presently implementing a job dubbed “Strengthening the Administration and Governance of Migration and the Sustainable Reintegration or Returning Migrants into Ghana” with an total of 3 (3) million euros. The venture seeks to help the Governing administration to increase the reintegration of 6 hundred and fifty (650) returning migrants, bolster nationwide buildings to control the reintegration course of action in a dignified and sustainable manner’” she famous.
The Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister pressured that conferences to examine and undertake a concerted and pragmatic strategy to global peace and protection are of concern to the Ministry and the Federal government as a full.
“As a founding member of the African Union, Ghana ongoing to forge partnerships with like-minded international locations to realize the vision of a totally free, tranquil and prosperous continent. The Ministry actively participated in a number of regional conferences on security. One particular case in point was the Conference in Bamako in Oct 2017 on the stability problem in the Sahel and West Africa areas. The objective of the Meeting was to evaluate, determine and undertake ideal interventions to neutralize the functions of prison companies within the Sahel-Sahara region in West Africa. The Convention concluded with the adoption of the Bamako Declaration. Ghana hosted the United Accord (UA) multilateral armed service physical exercise in May 2017, wherever much more than sixty (60) US Soldiers were being properly trained by Ghanaian Soldiers at the Jungle Warfare Instruction College in Achiase under the United Accord 17 (UA17) instruction programme. This was the first time an African lover-country had experienced U.S troopers,” she described.
Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey also highlighted that the Ministry’s Diaspora engagement policy is grounded in the realization of the prosperous working experience, know-how and abilities possessed by its citizen dwelling in overseas for national socio-economic development.
“The Ministry in collaboration with the Diaspora Affairs Place of work at the Business of the President and the Countrywide Support Secretariat has facilitated the approach for the 2nd and third generation Ghanaian diaspora to undertake their countrywide provider in Ghana. This is predicted to support in integrating them into the Ghanaian society. This calendar year, 2019, marks the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the 1st slave ship from Africa on the shores of the United States of The usa. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in December 2018 introduced “The 12 months of Return” to commemorate the event and to really encourage African-Us citizens and persons of African descent to return to their homeland and contribute to the advancement of the continent. The “Year of Return” therefore serves as an avenue to give refreshing impetus to the quest to unite Africans on the continent with their brothers and sisters in the diaspora.”
The Ministry even so counseled the media for its professionalism exhibited more than the many years as very well as partnering the implementation of Ghana’s foreign policy goals.