Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister to pay working visit to Russia

Kester Kenn Klomegah, GNA Moscow Bureau Chief

– Ms. Shirley Ayokor Botchwey, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional
Integration, is to pay a two-day working visit to Russia to help deepen
bilateral ties between the two countries.

This was announced
by a Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, in her
weekly media briefing.

She is going to be
in Moscow from August 19 – 20, and would hold talks with her Russian
counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

Their discussions
are expected to focus on strengthening political, security, trade and economic

“considerable attention will be paid to the task of promoting mutually
beneficial cooperation in the fields of energy, the development of mineral and
hydrocarbon resources and the implementation of promising infrastructure

“There is an
in-depth exchange of views on international and regional issues of mutual
interest with a focus on countering terrorism, resolving crisis situations in
Africa, primarily in the Sahara-Sahel region, and fighting piracy in the Gulf
of Guinea”, she added.

The Russian Foreign
Affairs Ministry said on its official website that both countries, through
collective and persistent ways, would make noticeable contributions in raising
their current relations to an appreciable level.

Ms. Ayokor Botchwey,
earlier told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that “Ghana and Russia have an
excellent diplomatic relations, which has been developed over the years,
precisely 60 years”.

She, hwoever, said
“for a relationship lasting this long, one would have expected it to move past
where it is now, but there is still room for improvement”.

Ghana was open to
all the support that it could get from its friends and development partners in
its industrialization drive – “One-District, One-Factory”.

The West African
country, she noted, could benefit immensely from the expertise of Russia in the
area of industrialization.

“The message to
Russian investors is that Ghana is the gateway to West Africa and, therefore,
the right place to invest.”

She touted her
country’s solid political stability, security and attractive business
environment, and said, that was where anybody could put their money.

She encouraged
Russian investors to seize the opportunity invest in Ghana, saying, “it is the
right time and the right place to be in Africa”.

“Ghana has one of
the most attractive investment packages for foreign investors in Africa.
Opportunities abound in nearly all the sectors of the Ghanaian economy –
transportation, construction, real estate, banking, health, education,
manufacturing, energy, agriculture and commerce, for every kind of foreign
investor and on any scale, being large, medium or small.”