Friday, February 24, 2017

Ghana, Czech Republic deepen ties

3:09:00 AM

Ghana and the Czech Republic have identified new opportunities to strengthen the relations between the two countries.

This came to light when the Czech Republic Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency (HE) Madam Margita Fuschova, paid courtesy call on the Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul.

Among the many issues discussed at the meeting included defence and security, defence industries, modern equipment support to Ghana by the Czech Republic and medical supplies and training for Ghana Armed Forces personnel.

According to Madam Fuschova, her country was interested in assisting Ghana's defence sector in equipment supplies, technology transfer, study by military personnel in Czech institutions and improving the quality of life of Ghanaian soldiers.

She also reiterated the Czech government's preparedness to support the Ministry in developing to a modern standard, the new shoe factory in Kumasi which was restarted a few years ago with Czech funding.

The Ambassador has therefore entreated the Defence Minister to reconsider an earlier memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defence cooperation signed between the two countries and review areas where necessary.

"Czech investors are ready to come to Ghana" for business, the Ambassador assured, and encouraged the Ministry of Defence to look again at the MOU "so we start a new process" .

Referring to the beginning of the Ghana-Czech relations dating back to Ghana's first republic, Madam Fuschova said her visit to The Square was therefore to deepen relationship between the two countries.

She extended an invitation to the Minister to visit her country to see what they could offer Ghana.

Ghana's Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul acknowledged the long-standing relations between the two countries and said Ghana was appreciative of Czech government assistance over the years.

He outlined government's priority areas to include improving housing for the Armed Forces, training of air force pilots and other technical staff and actualizing the one district-one factory concept. On the latter, the minister said the defence industries programme was of great interest to government and hoped the Czech Republic could help in that area as well.

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