Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign and Regional Affairs had bilateral discussions on Wednesday on issues of common interest with her Turkish counterpart, Mr. Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu in Accra.
The visit, which is the first official visit by a Turkish Foreign Minister to Ghana, was made at the request of Madam Ayorkor Botchwey.
It was aimed at strengthening the bilateral relations that exist between Ghana and Turkey, the need to deepen economic ties and bilateral trade as well as issues relating to peace and security.
Mr. Çavu?o?lu, who is touring three African countries, had already been to Senegal and from Ghana he would go to Benin.
The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, who arrived in Ghana on Tuesday October 25, also reportedly had a meeting with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey, in her remarks after the meeting with her Turkish counterpart, recalled the diplomatic relations between Ghana and Turkey which date back to the early 1960s and noted that the gradual growth of bilateral relations between Ghana and Turkey in over the years, which had resulted in mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, namely education, defense and tourism.
She also acknowledged the exchange of various high-level visits undertaken between their two nations, including the recent official visit to Ghana by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in March 2016, which followed a state visit to Turkey by President of the time, John Dramani Mahama, in 2013.
She spoke about her visit to Turkey this year to participate in the Anatalya Forum.
These, said Ms. Ayorkor Botchwey, have contributed to strengthening the existing ties of friendship and cooperation between Ghana and Turkey, both bilaterally and multilaterally.
“We recognized the need for cooperation in new areas such as waste management, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, oil and gas, defence, peace and security,” he said. she declared.
“We also stressed the need for the implementation of the various MoUs and agreements signed between our two countries, noting in particular the agreement to avoid double taxation, which we hope will help stimulate investment and bilateral trade which have been declining in recent years.”
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey reiterated that Ghana remains the most attractive country
destination for foreign direct investment in Africa and called on the Turkish business community to join forces with their Ghanaian counterparts to take advantage of the vast market of 1.3 billion people offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), to increase bilateral and intra-African trade, with Ghana as an entry point.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey also called for the overhaul of the Ghana-Türkiye Business Council and the need for a Ghana-Türkiye Parliamentary Association.
She highlighted the Government of Ghana’s focus on stabilizing and transforming the Ghanaian economy to create jobs and prosperity for Ghanaians through the agriculture, manufacturing, technology and energy of the economy and invited Turkish companies to explore investment opportunities in these areas.
She called on the Turkish government to continue to support Ghana in its advocacy on these issues as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and particularly during Ghana’s presidency of the Council in November.
Regarding security, the two ministers reiterated the need for the two countries to cooperate in initiatives that promote peace and security and human rights, such as conflict resolution, the fight against terrorism , drug trafficking, human trafficking and advocacy for the strengthening of peace and peace in the world. security for sustainable and inclusive development.
The two ministers pledged to work together to deepen their bilateral and multilateral relations for the mutual benefit of their peoples.
For his part, Mr. Çavu?o?lu said that as part of his visit to Ghana, he would convey President Erdo?an’s invitation to President Akufo-Addo to visit Turkey.
Mr. Çavu?o?lu noted that he had a productive meeting with his Ghanaian counterpart, and they took the opportunity to expand their bilateral and multilateral cooperations.