Ghana and Namibia have pledged to deepen their trade and bilateral relations for the mutual benefit of their people. The two countries have further resolved to promote South-South cooperation in the collective interest of the African continent.
The two countries made the commitment when the Namibian President, Dr Hage Geingob, made a stopover in Accra Friday on his way to Namibia after attending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
He was met on arrival by the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, and other government officials at the Jubilee Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport.
Dr Geingob told newsmen that his decision to make a stopover in Ghana for refuelling was anchored on the fact that he considered Ghana his home and as such he took advantage of the stopover to interact with Ghanaian government officials after assuming office on March 21, 2015.
He lauded Ghana’s democratic credentials, saying that he had been emboldened to move his country’s relationship with Ghana a notch higher.
Acknowledging the existing relationship between the two countries, he underscored the need for the governments of the two countries to explore trade and investment opportunities to cement further their economic cooperation and relations.
President Geingob expressed his appreciation to the government and people of Ghana for according him a good reception.
Responding, Mr Amissah-Arthur proposed the establishment of a Permanent Joint Commission between the two countries to foster their relations.
For him the stopover by the Namibian leader offered an opportunity for the two countries to review their relationship and chart a path for closer economic collaboration for accelerated development.
The Vice-President said he used the day’s visit by the President to hold discussion on how the two nations could tap into each other’s experiences for their mutual gain. President Geingob has since returned home.