UK and Ghana sign strategic partnership agreement
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt paid a visit to Ghana and other countries in the sub region as part of a one-week working tour.
The highlight of his visit to Ghana was bilateral talks with the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, crowned with the signing of a Joint Declaration between both countries.
Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey signed on behalf of Ghana while Jeremy Hunt signed for the UK with Mahamudu Bawumia and Iain Walker as witnesses.
Speaking at the media briefing after the signing ceremony, stressed on the UK’s desire to pursue mutual prosperity, adding that the UK Business delegation which was at the event would be interested in adding value to Ghana’s natural resources and boosting industrialization in the country.
On regional security, health, and education, he cited the UK’s advancement in these sectors and mentioned their preparedness to provide technological, skills and knowledge based support to Ghana as a sustainable step to moving beyond aid.
Botchwey expressed Ghana’s willingness to be a Launchpad for continental free trade, and gateway to do business with the rest of the continent that is home to over 1.3 billion people.
Citing the value of UK’s investment stock in Ghana at about £3.4 billion, Hunt called for collaboration and support on security, especially issues of border security, crime and cyber security.
On Brexit, Jeremy Hunt posited that it has brought the opportunity to “properly engage in a way we have not done previously, with the incredible business opportunities in Africa” adding that it is about time the UK further explored its long standing relationships with the rest of the world. ■