President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Ghanaian colleague Nana Akufo-Addo tried to strengthen bilateral relationships over the weekend by signing agreements on cooperation in international affairs, transportation, and agriculture. Ramaphosa is in Ghana on a state visit as part of a four-nation West African trip that also includes Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal.
The memorandums of understanding they signed represent their promises to collaborate bilaterally and multilaterally to accomplish Africa's economic integration and development agenda, as envisioned in Agenda 2063. On Saturday evening, at a joint media event at Accra's Jubilee House, Ramaphosa and Akufo-Addo presented an unified front on poverty alleviation and recovery from the destruction caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as the massive unemployment affecting the countries.
Both administrations, who have a cordial relationship, inked four accords covering foreign affairs, transportation, agriculture, and gender equality. Two further agreements are planned to be inked virtually in the near future. "The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a tool to this end, confirming that economic growth on our continent is a shared duty from which we can all profit," Ramaphosa said.
Africa, he said, must wean itself from reliance on outsiders and concentrate on industrialization and capacity expansion. "It is past time for us to build regional value chains for our own agro-processed commodities," Ramaphosa said. We should continue to explore new areas of economic cooperation via trade and investment, particularly in Ghana's critical industries like as roads and railway infrastructure, mining, energy manufacture, and agro-processing."
According to statistics from Ghana's Investment Promotion Centre, SA has around 200 firms registered in Ghana, employing over 20,000 Ghanaians and 500 expats. Over the last decade, South African corporations have invested more than $1 billion in 170 projects in Ghana. Ramaphosa expressed gratitude to Ghana's president for his unwavering support in the face of travel bans imposed by some African countries over the Omicron Covid-19 variant, saying: "We appreciate Ghana's show of solidarity in the face of travel bans imposed by some countries on South Africa and sister countries in the region in response to the detection of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus."
According to Akufo-Addo, the visit's objective was to "reaffirm the links of cooperation and friendship between the two nations." The two chiefs of state had lengthy discussions on how the two countries may further strengthen their political and economic ties, cultural and people-to-people contacts, and continental and multilateral cooperation. He extended his appreciation to Ramaphosa for supporting Ghana's bids for the AfCFTA secretariat and a non-permanent membership on the United Nations Security Council.
"Ghana will ensure that Africa's voice is heard loud and clear in the Security Council's debates on both domestic and international problems, and we will engage widely to define Africa's interests," he added.
Carl Niehaus, who is Jacob Zuma’s ally, has attacked Ramaphosa for not wearing a mask, while he is out of the country. His leadership qualities are wrong, and it is concerning, since we have a new variant of Covid-19, that everyone should be protected against
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