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Ghana and Czech Republic strengthen ties

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Dominic Nitiwul

Ghana and the Czech Republic have identified new opportunities where they would strengthen their bilateral relations.

The opportunities identified include; defence and security, defence industries, modern equipment support to Ghana by the Czech Republic, medical supplies and training for Ghana Armed Forces Personnel.

Madam Margita Fuschova, the Czech Republic Ambassador to Ghana made this known, when he paid a courtesy call on Mr Dominic Nitiwul, Minister for Defence at the Square in Accra.  

She said her country was interested in assisting Ghana’s defence sector in equipment supplies, technology transfer, study by the Military personnel in Czech institutions and improving the quality of life of Ghanaian soldiers.

She also reiterated the Czech government’s preparedness to support the Ministry in developing into a modern standard new shoe factory in Kumasi, which was restarted a few years ago with Czech funding.

The Ambassador urged the Defence Minister to reconsider an earlier Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation signed between the two countries and review areas, where necessary.

“‘Czech investors are ready to come to Ghana’ for business, the Ambassador assured and encouraged the Minister to look again at the MOU, so we start a new process.”

She extended an invitation to the Minister to visit her country to see what they could offer Ghana.

Mr Nitiwul acknowledged the long-standing relations between the two countries and said Ghana was appreciative of Czech government’s assistance over the years.

He outlined government’s priority areas to include improving housing for the Armed Forces, training of Air Force pilots and other technical staff and actualising the one district-one factory concept.

He said the defence industries programme was of great interest to government and expressed the hope that Czech Republic could help in that direction. 

Source: GNA

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