VP lauds Ghana-Namibia relationship

18 Oct 2018 13:10pm
By Anna Salkeus
ACCRA, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has praised the relationship between his country and Namibia, saying there is room for cooperation in various sectors.
Bawumia said this on Wednesday during a courtesy visit by the Namibian delegation which is in Accra to meet with various industries and missions to explore market potential between the two countries.
Some possible areas of cooperation are trade and investment, tourism, environment, agriculture, aviation, maritime, petroleum and power.
“Because of the long-standing relationship and history, the two countries have learned more from one another than other countries,” Bawumia said.
The Ghanaian VP also noted that the two countries, even though far apart, were faced with similar challenges such as issues of youth unemployment and housing, thus have to explore how to deal with such problems.
The country’s current leadership has been in office for 21 months and is trying to transform and modernise the country and build on what it has inherited.
“The president [Nana Akufo-Addo] is clear on what he wants, which is a Ghana beyond aid, which means that we need more trade and investment.”
Bawumia added that the country is now focused on managing its resources, concentrating less on foreign aid and more on trade and investment.
He also lauded Namibia for its world class livestock (beef) and the country’s ability to meet all the standards required for export into the European market.
“This is something that we would like to also be able to do.”
He further highlighted that there were other opportunities for both countries to export to one another.
“Sometimes, we don’t realise that the markets are closer within the continent than we expect whenever we think of our exports. We are psychologically attuned to think Europe, China and the Americas and we do not think what should be intra-Africa trade.”
Bawumia said he hopes they can start a conversation that can be concretised and actualised and that Namibia return with good impressions.
The delegation which is headed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Willem Goeiemann, returns to Windhoek on Sunday.