SOUTH AFRICA READY TO PARTNER GHANA TO ADVANCE ITS ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION AGENDA

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, has opened up the Region and Ghana to South African Investors as he signs an MoU with the Gauteng Provincial Government on Development Cooperation and Support.

Hon. Ishmael Ashitey, who was in the Republic of South Africa for a week’s working visit to the Gauteng Province, the country’s smallest but populous Province and the host to the largest City and Capital, Johannesburg, was accompanied by a 35-member delegation, including 7 MDCEs, Coordinating Directors, some Presiding and Assembly Members as well as senior staff from some of the Municipal and District Assemblies in the Greater Region.

While in South Africa, the Hon. Regional Minister and his entourage visited various corporate business and government establishments, tourism sites among others and engaged the stakeholders in discussion for partnership and lobbied for cooperation and support in areas including Sanitation, Transport, Agriculture, Economics, i.e. business development and investment, Tourism, Education, and Governance among others.

The Hon. Regional Minister and his entourage, who were hugely supported by Ghana’s Mission in South Africa, led by High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. George Ayisi Boateng and Minister-Counselor, Mrs. Elizabeth Sarpomaa Dodoo, also visited BUSMARK, a leading bus designing and assembling company in Africa, Guatrain Management Agency office, operators of the state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng which is an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), and The Innovation Centre and Ghana High Commission  both at Pretoria.

The delegation also participated in a business forum organized by the GPG at the Industrial Development Centre (IDC) and the launch of the “Invest SA One-Stop-Shop”, an international business and investment centre at the Gauteng Investment Centre (GIC).

Keen on improving Ghana’s tourism sector, the Hon. Regional Minister’s delegation visited the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and Sterkfontein Caves at Maropeng in the Gauteng Province as well as the Lion and Safari Park on the outskirts of Johannesburg at Lanseria, Broederstroom, Kalkheuvel.

The high point of the official visit to South Africa was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Gauteng Province and Greater Accra Region which is expected to pave way for an unprecedented development cooperation and support between the two. The two leaders, Mr. David Makhura of GPG, South Africa and Hon. Ishmael Ashitey of GAR, Ghana, appended their signatures to the agreement to cement the relationship.

Ga East Municipal Assembly is represented by four officials including the Municipal Coordinating Director (MCD), Mr. Joshua Adams Asihene and Presiding Member (PM), Hon. Jesse Nii Noi Anum.

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By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman, Johannesburg, South Africa

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