H.E. Ms. Grace Jeanet Mason, High Commissioner-Designate of the Republic of South Africa to Ghana has paid a courtesy call on Hon, Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
H.E. Ms. Grace Jeanet Mason, as part of her visit presented her open letters to Hon Ayorkor Botchwey at her office in Accra.
Foreign Minister in her welcome address during the meeting congratulated the High Commissioner-Designate on her appointment as a worthy representative of her country and recalled the longstanding historical relations between Ghana and South Africa dating back to the liberation struggle in Africa.
Hon Ayokor Botchwey indicated that the bonds of friendship between our two countries have been underpinned by our shared values of mutual respect, commitment to democracy, good governance, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
She noted that the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, particularly, in recent times, have grown from strength to strength, characterized by several exchanges of high-level visits which have resulted in economic dividends for our two countries.
Recalled the State visit to South Africa by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in July 2018, where a decision was taken to elevate the bilateral framework and the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between Ghana and South Africa, to a Bi-National Commission. Also refered to President Akufo-Addo’s visit in December 2018, to attend the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, held under the auspices of the government of South Africa and the House of Mandela as part of the Centenary celebration of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister again observed the participation of the President of the Republic in the first and second African Investment Fora organized by the African Development Bank in Sandton, Johannesburg in November 2018 and November 2019, respectively.
She mentioned that Ghana has had the pleasure of also receiving H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa to Ghana in December 2019 and added that the visit undoubtedly strengthened the already existing good relations and cooperation between Ghana and South Africa;
Hon Ayorkor Botchwey remarked that the AfCFTA creates an opportunity for the two countries to boost trade relations and express the hope that the business community in both countries will take advantage of the large market to invest in the two countries as she expressed the hope that H.E. Ms. Grace Jeanet Mason will work to strengthen the already cordial relations between the two countries during her tenure.
H.E. Ms. Grace Jeanet Mason was assured that the Government of Ghana will support her to ensure a successful tour of duty in the country.