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Tunisia, Ghana seal three cooperation agreements

Three cooperation agreements were inked Monday in Tunis by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

A legal framework for political consultations between the two foreign affairs ministries is at the core of the first agreement, while the second provides for the creation of a high joint commission.The third cooperation agreement revolves around health, education and agriculture.
The agreements will give a push for increased exchange of visits and cooperation, said Shirley Ayorkor Botchway said following a working session.They will also pave the way for an adequate framework to bolster economic, scientific and technical cooperation.Ghana’s FM likewise said there is need to explore other avenues of cooperation and investigate additional means to foster trade and investment. The Tunisian business delegation which recently visited Accra met with several Ghanaian ministers and business operators. 
"This meeting opened the door to stronger cooperation," she added.
The private sector is a vector for scaled-up economic cooperation, Botchway highlighted. 
The visiting minister also commended the deep ties binding Tunisia and Ghana and said the working session with FM Jhinaoui focused on investment opportunities and support for air and maritime transport. Foreign Minister Jhinaoui said Tunisia intends to open up shortly an air link with Accra and considers a shipping service between Tunis and the Port of Tema, Ghana. The working visit of Ghana’s FM is of capital importance for it is the first over the last forty years. 
The visit will help strengthen relations, give a boost to economic cooperation and foster consultation over regional and international issues. The FM also said a January 13 multidisciplinary economic mission to Accra headed by Secretary of State for Economic Diplomacy Hatem Ferjani was a success. Over 20 Tunisian enterprises participated ; cooperation opportunities were outlined. Trade with Ghana edged up 20 million dinars last year and stood at about 62 million dinars in the first eight months of 2018. The chief diplomat said he hopes to see economic cooperation increase, especially as Tunisia had become an observer member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) where Ghana plays a major role.
"Tunisia is gearing up for the United Nations Security Council membership, while Ghana is a key African country: this is likely to foster consultation between the two countries as regards regional issues, " said the Foreign Minister.Shirley Ayorkor Botchway extended to Jhinaoui an official invitation to Accra in a bid to bring to completion the "excellent" work started in Tunisia.Botchway Monday started a two-day working visit to Tunisia, at the invitation of FM Khemaies Jhinaoui.


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