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Namibia and Ghana get ready for business

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Namibia has established an embassy in Ghana as it seeks to grow political and business relations with the West African country.

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The opening of the embassy in Accra will come as welcome relief for Ghanaian travellers who had to seek Namibian visas from neighbouring Nigeria.

Namibian high commissioner to Ghana, Charles Josob, said the opening of the embassy marked a new chapter in his country's relations with Accra.

"The government of the Republic of Namibia has decided to give full meaning to the bilateral relations between the two countries," Josob's deputy Gabriel Shaanika said.

"Namibia and Ghana have a long standing excellent political relationship, now much more is needed to strengthen the relationship in terms of trade and investment."

Ghana and Namibia already have strong economic ties but Shaanika said more could be done to cultivate the relationship.

Namibia's economy is driven by agriculture, tourism and mining. The country is rich in minerals such as diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and other base metals.

On the other hand Ghana's economy is backed by gold, timber, cocoa, diamond, bauxite and manganese exports. The country also recently discovered oil.

Namibia says it would be seeking to explore local partnerships with government and other organisations in Ghana.

The embassy will offer visa and consular services, travel and tourism information in addition to trade and investment facilities.

Namibia, with a population of 2.2 million is located on Africa's south-west coast.

It has enjoyed stability since gaining independence in 1990 after a long struggle against rule by South Africa.

Ghana gained independence in 1957 and has a population of over 25 million.

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