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Business News of Wednesday, 21 August 2019


Mexican Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister visits Ghana

Julian Ventura is on a three-day high level visit to Ghana Julian Ventura is on a three-day high level visit to Ghana

The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Mexico, Ambassador Julian Ventura is currently in Ghana on a three-day working visit aimed at boosting bilateral relations between the two countries.

The high level visit is taking place between 20 and 22 August, 2019. This will be the very first political high level visit since Ghana and Mexico started diplomatic relations in 1961, as well as the first official visit to Africa since current president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in 2018.

Among other things, the visit will serve as an opportunity to reassert the friendship between the two nations, create new private sector links, dialogue on bilateral and global issues, and identify new areas of collaboration.

Mexico was the first Latin American country to establish diplomatic relations with Ghana, in 1961. It established an embassy in Accra from 1965 to 1980, which has been reopened since 2014. Ghana on the other hand was the first African country to have an embassy in Mexico, which is now closed.

In recent years, Mexico has received visits from Ghanaian government officials including visits by the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Speaker of the Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), as well as private sector representatives.

With foreign trade making up 80% of the Mexican economy, it is expected that the visit will also help create new trading relationships between the two nations.