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General News of Monday, 9 May 2016

Source: Miranda Quainoo

PM of Trinidad and Tobago begins State visit to Ghana today

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, H.E Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley arrives in Ghana today for a four-day visit at the invitation of His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama. The visit is aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.

Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley has been in office since September, 2015. While in the country, Dr. Rowley and his 12-member delegation will hold bilateral talks with President Mahama and members of Cabinet, meet with some Ghanaian businessmen and lay a wreath on the tomb of George Padmore, a Trinidadian Pan-Africanist Journalist, a close ally of Ghana’s founding father, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who died in Ghana after residing here for many years.

The two Heads of State will visit the Tema Oil Refinery and the Volta Aluminium Company (VALCO) after a luncheon at the Flagstaff House. Thereafter, Dr. Rowley is scheduled to visit the Elmina Castle and the Atuabo Gas Plants.

Ghana- Trinidad and Tobago relations dates as far back as the post colonial era. The visit offers an opportunity for Ghana to tap into the rich Oil and Gas experience of Trinidad and Tobago. It also offers an opportunity for discussions on other business prospects in the two countries.

H.E Dr. Rowley says, “I am delighted to be in Ghana, the home of our forebears. This is a home coming for us and we shall leave no stone unturned in fostering much closer collaboration with the government and people of Ghana”. “Whiles we share our expertise in the oil and gas sector, we look forward to learning from the Ghanaian experience in other sectors” he emphasized.

Dr. Rowley is expected to leave Ghana on Wednesday, 11th May, 2016.