General News of Wednesday, 25 June 2003
President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday stressed the need for developing countries to take a cue from Ireland under its Irish Development Agency (IDA) to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into their countries.
"My government wants to take a cue from this experience that has turned the Irish economy round within a short period", he said.
President Kufuor made the call when Mr Joseph Lynch, Irish Ambassador accredited to Ghana but based in Abuja, Nigeria, paid a farewell call on him at the Castle, Osu.
Mr Lynch is leaving after five years duty tour.
President Kufuor expressed regret that Ireland had great prospects in economic and cultural relationships but could not be exploited for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
He said the departure of Mr Lynch should mark a watershed in the Ghana-Ireland relationship that must be improved and appealed to him to encourage his successor to pay regular visits to Ghana.
"We need to review and promote the relationship between Ghana and Ireland", he said.
Mr Lynch said although his five-year duty tour had been fruitful, he could not visit Ghana to meet the personnel in the various sectors.
He expressed the hope that his successor would improve upon the relationship between both countries.