Ghana, Benin in partnership agreement on jobs, energy

President John Mahama
President John Mahama

Ghana and Beinn have agreed to partner each other in the areas of job creation, port expansion, energy and national health insurance enhancement.

They have also agreed to collaborate in organising an energy summit that would bring on board all West African countries to establish energy synergies among themselves.

These were contained in a communique signed by Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah and Nassirou Bako-Arifari, Minister of Energy and Petroleum in Ghana and his Beninois counterpart.

The communique formed part of President John Dramani Mahama’s two-day state visit to the Republic of Benin.

The programme, which was witnessed by Presidents Mahama and Thomas Yayi Boni, also climaxed the two days activities where President Mahama held bilateral discussions, gave lectures to the Beninois  youth groups and workers on job creation and National Health Insurance respectively and a meeting with the Ghanaian community in Cotonou.

Under the partnership, Ghana would step up its supply of energy to Benin, collaborate with her neighbours in the fight against maritime crime and to support Benin in the establishment of its national health insurance programme.

The two countries would also share ideas in the areas of port expansion and the fight against corruption and other malpractices at the entry and exit points of their ports and harbours.

President Mahama after the communique promised to renew all the joint committees signed to ensure mutual benefit and incident free along the coast.

He also promised to strictly adhere to the protocols signed over the years to enhance integration, free movement of goods and services and immunities to be enjoyed by both countries along their borders.

Source: GNA

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