Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Takoradi, Sept. 8, GNA – The Israeli
Ambassador to Ghana, Ami Mehl, has said Israelis are ready to share their
knowledge and experiences with their Ghanaians, especially in the areas of
technology transfer, agricultural modernisation, trade cooperation, healthcare
He, therefore, gave the assurance that it
would cooperate and partner with any political party, which emerges victorious
in the December General Election.
Ambassador Mehl said this at a media
interaction with journalists in Takoradi, on Tuesday, as part of his three-day
familiarisation visit to the Western Region.
He described Ghana as ‘the lighthouse of
West Africa’ and urged the people to believe in themselves and strive to find
lasting solutions to their challenges, instead of relying on outsiders for
The Ambassador, with his entourage, also
paid courtesy calls on the Regional Minister, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo and the
Omanhene of Essikadu Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, and participated
in an inter-faith church service.
He stated that the mutual trade between
Ghana and Israel currently stood at US$40 million dollars and expressed the
hope that it would increase to between US$150 million and US$200 million
dollars by 2018.
In this regard, he announced that a
Ghana-Israel Business Chamber had been established to bolster trade relations
between the countries.
The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu, he said, decided to renew the diplomatic ties with Ghana and other
African countries in order to promote political, economic and security
relations for their mutual benefits.
Ambassador Mehl urged Ghanaians to have
confidence in themselves because the country had all the potentials of becoming
a developed nation.
He observed that half of the land of Israel
was a desert and did not have good soil for agricultural activities, but
through Science and Technology, they managed to improve the fertility of the
soil for agricultural production and it was currently producing vegetables in
commercial quantities for export.
“Ten years ago, Israel had a challenge
getting water, therefore, we dug one-and-half kilometers deep in search of
water and we found an ocean underground with sufficient water that could last
us for over 100 years,” he explained.
“If you have the necessity, you will find
solution to your problems”.
Earlier, at the Regional Coordinating
Council in Sekondi, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, the Regional Minister, expressed the
readiness of the Regional Administration to collaborate with the Israeli
Government to fast-track the development of the Region.
At the residency of the Omanhene of
Essikadu, Nana Nketsia said the Region was endowed with many natural resources,
which should be harnessed for the benefit of the people.