Accra, 18 April 2023 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs visited Ghana. A business delegation accompanied the Foreign Minister on the official visit to Ghana with the purpose of enhancing business ties between both countries.
The Foreign Minister met various political figures in Ghana, including the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.
The Latvian Foreign Minister highlighted the prospects of cooperation between both countries and as well with other African countries.
During his meeting with Ghana’s President and Foreign Minister, he stressed Latvia’s unceasing commitment to intensify dialogues to deepen the bilateral partnership.
Latvian Foreign Minister stated, “In the current geopolitical climate, partnerships with like-minded countries need to be strengthened. Latvia welcomes Ghana’s clear position in opposing the Russian aggression in Ukraine and expressing its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is important for Latvia and Ghana to cooperate with international organizations to jointly address regional and global challenges.”
Furthermore, both countries reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing cooperation in the economic, education, and science sectors.
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The discussions between officials from Latvia and Ghana touched upon deepening economic cooperation. The visit marked the opening of the Second Latvia-Ghana Business Forum to strengthening the growing interest of Latvian businesses in building cooperation.
On one occasion the Foreign Minister stated, “I am pleased that a large delegation of Latvian entrepreneurs has arrived in Ghana, comprising representatives from the sectors of information and communication technologies, education, science, research, and innovation, as well as the timber industry and chemical industry.”
Several Latvian companies have been working actively in Ghana, especially in the field of information and communication technologies. This reflects the confidence and future opportunities for cooperation between both countries.
The Foreign Minister reiterated Latvia’s unwavering support for strengthening economic ties with Ghana. He expressed his satisfaction with the participation of Latvian companies and Ghanaian businessmen in the business forum.
A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between that Riga Technical University and the Latvian University of Biosciences and Technologies with the University of Energy and Natural Resources of Ghana.
The memorandum will open avenues of engagement between students from both countries by facilitating cooperation and student exchange programs between the countries.