Collins Dauda and Ambassador Irene Vida Gala at the reception
The Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, Irene Vida Gala, has said that her country is proud of Ghana’s history of democratic consolidation and peace, as well as the country’s commitment to economic and social development. She observed that Ghana and Brazil are natural partners as far as sustainable development and social justice are concerned.
Ms Vida Gala made the remarks at a reception she held to commemorate the 192 nd Independence anniversary of the Federative Republic of Brazil in Accra recently. In attendance were Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, who led a government delegation to the reception, members of the Diplomatic Corps and people from all walks of life.
The Ambassador further disclosed that Brazil, together with 10 other countries, had been the only ones having diplomatic relations with all members of the United Nations.
She added that a recent report by the Australian Institute for Economics and Peace had revealed that Brazil was one of 11 countries not involved in conflict of any kind in the entire world.
Touching on the relationship between the two countries, Madam pointed out that the Brazilian people and the Brazilian Government continued to look forward to the strengthening of relations with Ghana, her people and her Government.
‘We are proud of the Ghanaian history of democratic consolidation and peace, as well as of her commitment to economic and social development. Brazil and Ghana are natural partners, in the achievement of our common goals of inclusive sustainable development and social justice,’ she stressed.
She contended that looking at the current state of the bilateral relations, she believed the most outstanding feature was the ever growing connection between the peoples of both countries.
In an address, Alhaji Dauda indicated that since the establishment of formal bilateral relations between the two countries about 52 years ago, the relation had grown stronger.
‘Our relations at the bilateral and multilateral levels have been underpinned by common values such as the support of for democratic principles, respect for human rights and the rule of law as well as strong commitment to economic development, peace and security,’ he pointed out.
The minister recounted the contributions of the Brazilian government whereby companies and institutions had been involved in sectors like agriculture, education, energy, transport and infrastructure development.
‘The rehabilitation of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle , the Tamale Airport, construction of the 200-kilometer Eastern Corridor Project and the construction of 5,000 affordable houses in Ghana among others, which the Brazilian government, in partnership with the Government of Ghana, are undertaking,’ he revealed, adding that Ghanaians eagerly looked forward to the completion of those projects.
He also wished the people and the government of Brazil well in their next general elections and appealed for Brazilian partnership to fight the scourge of the drug menace, human trafficking and religious extremism in the West African sub-region. The minister urged the South American country and her companies to also consider contributing to the Ebola Eradication Fund.
By Amos Amaglo
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