Ghana, Japan Deepen Ties –

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President Akufo-Addo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe have pledged to deepen the existing ties of friendship and co-operation that exist between Ghana and Japan.

At
a meeting between the two leaders on Saturday after the end of the 7th Tokyo
International Conference on African Development (TICAD), Prime Minister Abe acknowledged
that Ghana-Japan co-operation had come a long way since the late Dr. Hideyo
Noguchi laid the foundation for the development of relations between the two
countries.

The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of TICAD 7 between the Government of Ghana and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) for the establishment of a JETRO-Ghana office in Accra, according to the Japanese Prime Minister, is further proof of the determination to promote Japanese investment in Ghana.   

With
the Ghana-Japan Business Council soon to be launched, Prime Minister Abe
described it as a welcome initiative which would propel the further mobilisation
of Japanese private sector investments to Ghana.

Describing
Ghana’s healthcare system as a “model on universal health coverage in Africa”,
the Japanese Prime Minister assured Ghana of Japan’s support towards improving
access to healthcare for all Ghanaians.

Touching
on President Akufo-Addo’s vision of moving Ghana to a situation beyond aid,
Prime Minister Abe noted that Japan would continue to support the President’s
vision, adding that the training of a number of Ghanaians in Japan would aid in
the creation of a large pool of technocrats who, at the end of their training,
would come and support the country’s developmental efforts.

He also called for Ghana’s support at the multilateral to address issues of regional concern, such as the breaching of UN resolutions by North Korea on the testing of missiles, and the alleged abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea.

Additionally,
Prime Minister Abe appealed for Ghana’s support for Japan’s candidate for
election to the International Court of Justice.

On
his part, President Akufo-Addo noted that the warm relations between the two
countries continue to improve in several areas of co-operation.

Ghana,
the President noted, had made tremendous progress in stabilizing its economy,
especially during his time as President. He, therefore, encouraged Japanese
investors to take a special interest in Ghana as their gateway to the West
African market.

With
the coming into force of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and
with Ghana selected as host country for the secretariat, Japanese investors,
President Akufo-Addo said have greater access from Ghana to the continent’s
market of some 1.2 billion people.

“We
are embarking on an aggressive public private partnership programme to attract
investment in the development of both our road and railway infrastructure. We
are, thus, looking forward to Japan’s participation in these sectors,” he
added.

 President Akufo-Addo reiterated that Ghana is
a keen supporter of multilateralism, and would not support any attempt by any
country to violate UN resolutions.

He
indicated to the Japanese Prime Minister that the request for Ghana’s support
for Japan’s ICJ candidate would be duly considered by the Foreign Ministry. The
President also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe to
visit Ghana.

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