Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, met with her Dutch colleague, Mr Wopke Hoekstra, in the Hague on the sidelines of the Africa Adaptation Summit in Rotterdam.
According to a statement published by the Ministry and copied to the Ghana News Agency, the conversations focused on both nations’ desire to improve their long-standing friendly ties, which are based on a shared commitment to working closely in many areas of mutual interest.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey remembered Ghana and the Netherlands’ strengthened cooperation over the years in a variety of bilateral and international areas including commerce, investment, agriculture, peace, and security.
As a result, the two Ministers decided to build on the political consultations held earlier this year in Accra to strengthen relationships and share best practices across sectors. They also agreed to take initiatives to assist Ghana in increasing trade volumes through the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Madam Botchwey took advantage of the opportunity to invite Dutch investors to explore the favorable business environment in Ghana. She informed her Dutch colleague on the government’s economic program, which is based on transforming the economy to perform beyond aid, export more, and reduce reliance on imports, with the private sector at the center. She stated that Ghana’s present industrialization process, which includes the creation of companies and industries, will give work possibilities for the youth.
Madam Botchwey praised the Dutch government’s excellent experience in agricultural and product processing. She recalled the rich experience gained when she accompanied President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on a tour to the World Horti Center, which is the knowledge and innovation centre for international greenhouse horticulture, as well as the Cargill Cocoa Processing Plant (where Ghana’s Cocoa is primarily used), to inspect the facilities.
The collaboration with such companies would add impetus to the government’s drive to create jobs for the people and prevent the youth from embarking on perilous journeys to Europe.
Madam Ayorkor Botchwey noted, with gratitude, the various forms of collaboration with the Netherlands through private-partner sector instruments such as the Dutch Good Growth Fund, a Development-Related Infrastructure.
She recalled the great experience she had when she went with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to examine the World Horti Center, the knowledge and innovation hub for global greenhouse horticulture, and the Cargill Cocoa Processing Plant (where Ghana’s cocoa is primarily used).
The government’s efforts to develop jobs for the populace and discourage young people from traveling riskily to Europe would get additional momentum from the engagement with such businesses.
Thanks to private sector mechanisms like the Dutch Good Growth Fund, a Development-Related Infrastructure, Madam Ayorkor Botchwey emphasized the different kinds of engagement with the Netherlands. They were hopeful that the cooperation at the multilateral level, considering Ghana’s membership of the United Nations Security Council, would lead to finding a lasting solution to the Russian-Ukrainian war and its attendant challenges such as the rising cost of food, fuel, and energy.