German Chancellor to visit Ghana

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, will pay a day’s working visit to Ghana in August, on the invitation of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr Christoph Retzlaff, the German Ambassador to Ghana, who announced this, said Chancellor Merkel would be accompanied by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller and a high-level business delegation.

He said Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Ghana is part of her three nations Africa tour; which would also take her to Nigeria and Senegal.

Mr Retzlaff, who made the disclosure on Tuesday at a press conference in Accra, said the visit to Ghana would be the first of a German Chancellor to Ghana since 2004.

He said the visit underlines the strong and deepening partnership between Ghana and Germany.

He said President Akufo-Addo had already met Chancellor Merkel on two occasions in Berlin in June 2017 and in February this year.

He noted that German President Steinmeier was also in Ghana for a state visit in December 2017.

Mr Retzlaff said the visit would focus on economic cooperation and on promoting investment and business in Ghana.

The visit would also be an opportunity to discuss and take stock of the G20 “Compact with Africa Initiative”, launched in June 2017 in Berlin under Germany´s G20 presidency.

He said the Compact with Africa aims at bringing more private investment to the 10 African partner countries, among which Ghana is a front runner.

The Ambassador said Germany was supporting Ghana through long-standing development cooperation programmes as well as a new bilateral “Investment and Reform Partnership” launched in December 2017.

The cooperation brings additional 100 million euros of German development funds to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ghana, and to foster private investment into renewable energy as well as vocational training in the energy sector.

He added that the Reform and Investment Partnership supports Germany’s commitments under the G20 Compact with Africa.

Mr Retzlaff said another highlight of German-Ghanaian relations would be the “German African Business Summit (GABS)” in Accra from February 11-13, 2019.

The GABS is the German signature business event in Africa.

Top business and government leaders from Germany and Sub-Saharan Africa meet every two years in Africa to promote economic relations between Europe´s largest economy and the fastest growing region in the world.

Up to 750 leaders, decision makers and business representatives are expected to participate.

The GABS is organized by the Sub-Saharan Initiative of German Business (SAFRI).

Source: GNA

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