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General News of Wednesday, 7 August 2019


Ghana will continue to forge partnership with nations for a prosperous continent

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey says Ghana will continue to forge partnerships with like-minded countries to achieve the vision of a free, peaceful and prosperous continent.

She said her ministry has been able to facilitate a joint military training programme under the CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course between the Ghana Armed Forces and their US counterparts in February, 2017. She added that, Ghana hosted the United Accord (UA) multilateral military exercise in May, 2017, where more than sixty (60) US Soldiers were trained by Ghanaian Soldiers at the Jungle Warfare Training School in Achiase under the United Accord 17 (UA17) training programme.

“This was the first time an African partner-nation had trained U.S soldiers” She said.

Addressing Journalists in Accra the Minister said her ministry formed part of the Technical Team that worked on the delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. She said the arbitral proceedings, which was initiated by Ghana eventually led to the ruling in its favour by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), in Hamburg, Germany, on 23rd September 2017.

“The Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, H. E. Dr. Aristides Gomes during a one-day official visit to Accra as part of his “Thank You Tour”, expressed his country’s appreciation and gratitude to the President of Ghana for the significant role played by ECOWAS in solving the socio-political crisis in his country, which resulted in his appointment as Prime Minister” she added.

Madame Ayorkor Botchwey said Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, was honoured with the “Collar of State Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers”, the highest national award of the Republic of Liberia at the Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia in August, 2018. The award was in recognition of the pivotal role the former President played in restoring peace to Liberia, after the protracted civil war that destroyed infrastructure and killed over 250,000 people with millions misplaced.