The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on Tuesday March 2, 2021 met with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar as part of her four day visit in that country.
During the meeting, the honourable Minister expressed her appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality extended to her and members of her delegation since their arrival in the country;
Indicated that her visit to Qatar is, principally, to deliver a Special Message from H.E. the President to His Highness the Emir; a message which is geared towards consolidating the existing friendly ties between the two countries.
She congratulated her counterpart for the hard work and dedication he has personally invested towards improving the bilateral and multilateral relations between the State of Qatar and other countries.
Hon Aryokor Botchwey mentioned that the visit had earlier been planned for October 2020 but had to be deferred owing to scheduling constraints.
Added that the Government of Ghana appreciates the concrete steps taken by the two countries to strengthen diplomatic ties following the reciprocal visit of their two heads of state, particularly the inauguration of a weekly Qatar Airways flight to Accra, despite the constraints posed by the raging pandemic.
She acknowledged the importance of the various MOUs signed between the two countries and note that the agreements will foster strong ties between Ghana and Qatar. Emphasize that the MOU relating to the framework for close partnership between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs will afford both countries the opportunity to hold regular consultations at least once every two years on bilateral relations and international issues of mutual interest.
Aryokor Botchwey informed that the Parliament of Ghana has duly ratified the Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption for the Holders of Diplomatic and Special Passports between the two countries. Consequently, Ghana looks forward to receiving notice of ratification from the Government of Qatar to pave way for its operationalization.
She futher expressed gratitude to the Government of the State of Qatar for being a trusted and true friend of the Government and people of Ghana and affirm the commitment of Ghana to continue to work towards forging closer ties of friendship and cooperation with the State of Qatar.
Foreign Minister thanked her counterpart for the contributions made by Qatar to Ghana’s national development including education, health care, energy, and donations to build mosques in the country as well as extension of food supplies to the Ghanaian community during the height of the pandemic;
She mentioned that the assistance given to Ghana’s oil experts on their visit to Doha to understudy Qatar’s oil and gas revenue-monitoring architecture.
She noted that Ghana has been keenly following the implementation of Qatar’s 5-year Food Security Programme from 2018-2023, which has led to Qatar being ranked as the number one (1) food security country in the Middle East and 22nd Global Food Security Index;
Also Hon Aryokor Botchwey stressed that Ghana has embarked on an industrialization programme to improve the living standards of its citizens through its flagship programmes, notably, Planting for Food and Jobs, Free Senior High School, One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, infrastructural development, among others.
She informed that the Government of Ghana is keen on tapping the skills and the expertise of the private sector of Qatar, especially in the area of Oil and Gas for mutual benefit. In this regard, urged her counterpart to use his good offices to encourage Qatari businessmen and investors to take advantage of the conducive investment climate in Ghana to invest in the country.
Aryokor Botchwey disclosed that the Government of Ghana is determined to support the establishment of the Ghana-Qatar Business Council in order to enhance cooperation in areas such as infrastructure development, agro processing and tourism for the benefit of the two countries.
She lauded the Government of Qatar for the peace-building role it has been playing in the Middle East and express optimism that there will be a lasting resolution of conflicts in the region. Intimated further that Qatar’s hosting of the forthcoming 2022 world cup will be instrumental in this direction.