Press Release by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Jul 28, 2017
 
Malta-Ghana technical Joint Commission to hold second meeting; new agreement establishing a bilateral political consultation framework signed.

Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, have agreed to commence preparatory work for the second meeting of the Malta-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation to be convened in Ghana in the coming months. The decision was taken during a bilateral meeting held in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Wednesday, 26th July 2017 on the margins of the President of Malta’s current State Visit to Ghana.

The technical Joint Commission was established through a technical Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the two countries on the 26th September 2014 on the margins of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The first meeting was held at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Valletta on the 11th September 2015, with the two sides agreeing on several proposals to be implemented to contribute to enhancing and developing bilateral relations and increasing exchanges, experiences and cooperation in the fields of culture and tourism, education, migration and police cooperation in border control, adoptions and investment cooperation.

Meanwhile, in Accra on Wednesday, Ministers Abela and Botchway signed a new Memorandum of Understanding establishing a mechanism for regular bilateral political consultations. The consultations will cover political, economic, cultural, technological, and consular relations and other connected areas of common interest in order to strengthen and develop bilateral cooperation. The signing ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace in Accra in the presence of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.

In Accra, Minister Abela also held a bilateral meeting with Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, with whom he discussed ways how trade relations between Malta and Ghana could be enhanced. They agreed that unleashing the bilateral business potential would not only benefit both countries economically but also serve as an excellent way to connect the Maltese and the Ghanaian people.

Minister Abela also had an exchange of views with the Ambassador for the European Union in Ghana, William Hanna, and attended a social event with Ghanaian former students of the International Maritime Organisation’s International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), which is headquartered on the campus of the University of Malta. 


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Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, during their meeting

 

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Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and Malta’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, signing the Memorandum of Understanding establishing a political consultation framework in the presence of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and the President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca



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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, meeting Ghanaian Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen
 


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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, exchanging views with the Ambassador for the European Union in Ghana, William Hanna



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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, with Ghanaian former students at the Malta-based International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI)