In Ghana, Linkevičius emphasizes strengthening economic cooperation
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is paying a working visit to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Today, Linkevičius met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ghana Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and discussed opportunities for bilateral development, cooperation in multilateral formats, security and development challenges in the region. Linkevičius also met with the President of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo, the First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Joseph Osei Owusu, and the Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
In the meetings, Linkevičius emphasized Lithuania’s wish to strengthen bilateral cooperation with this west African country, especially in the economic field. In addition, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister named the most promising areas, such as information technology and communications, cyber security, renewable energy, and food industry.
According to Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, Lithuanian entrepreneurs are increasingly interested in opportunities in Africa and in finding niches in such countries like Ghana. Therefore, it is very important to create an appropriate legal framework that would allow for a more active cooperation between the two countries’ businesses. Following the first bilateral political consultation between Lithuania and Ghana in Vilnius in August, procedures for harmonizing investment promotion and protection were initiated.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also thanked the representatives from the Government of Ghana for the country’s active role in achieving peace and stability in the region and informed them that 34 Lithuanian soldiers had just started their service in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali. Ghana has contributed 221 soldiers to this UN mission.
In Accra, the capital city of Ghana, Linkevičius officially opened the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania. The consulate is headed by Lithuania’s Honorary Consul Arturas Roškovskis.
Lithuania and Ghana established their diplomatic relations in 1992.