Caid Essebsi meets Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Caid Essebsi meets Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs

TAP – Tunisia

President Béji Caïd Essebsi met at the Carthage Palace, Ghanaian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, who is on a working visit to Tunisia on February 18 and 19, the first in almost 40 years.

Caïd Essebsi commended the historic relations between Tunisia and Ghana, particularly between the two late leaders Habib Bourguiba and Kwame Nkrumah, as well as their crucial role in defending the rights of African peoples, achieving independence and freedom and the establishment, in the early 1960s, of the Organisation of the African Union.

According to a statement of the Presidency of the Republic, the meeting took place in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khémaies Jhinaoui.

The Head of State also underlined Tunisia's commitment to strengthen its membership of Africa and its continued efforts to further consolidate its relations with all States on the continent as well as its economic integration with the various regional economic communities.

In this regard, he highlighted the importance of this visit in strengthening Ghana's position as an important partner for Tunisia, as its economy is among the most developed economies in the continent.

Tunisia is determined to boost the process of bilateral cooperation and step up visits and consultations at the bilateral and multilateral levels on issues concerning the future of the African continent.

In this context, Caïd Essebsi expressed his satisfaction at the results of this visit, as evidenced in particular by the signing of co-operation agreements in sectors that are a priority for both parties, namely trade, agriculture, industry, higher education, health, youth, energy and ICT.

For her part, the Ghanaian Minister stressed the importance of her visit to Tunisia, affirming the commitment to contribute to the establishment of developed and privileged relations in the future, particularly in the economic and trade fields.

Tunisia and Ghana have promising potentials both bilaterally and within the framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which Tunisia joined as an observer member in July 2017, she recalled.

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey also stressed the importance of intensifying the exchange of visits between businessmen from both countries and stimulating the private sector in order to boost trade and investment, explore new areas of partnership in the health, tourism, air and maritime sectors and develop scientific and technological cooperation, an area of great importance for Ghana.