Jan 08: Minister of State for External Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan currently visiting Accra, Ghana from 6-7 January 2021 to participate in the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony of President (elect) H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo which is being held on 7th January 2021. During the visit, MOS has interacted with the members of the Malayalee Association of Ghana and addressed the Indian community at a Community Reception hosted by the High Commissioner and inaugurated the Pravasiya Bhartiya Diwas celebrations on 6th January. During the event, MOS also launched the Indian Community Forum in Ghana. The High Commissioner of India hosted a dinner in honour of the Minister where senior Ministers and dignitaries of Ghana attended. On 7th January, MOS is participating in the swearing-in ceremony of the President of Ghana. After the event, he will be calling on the President of Ghana to discuss various bilateral, regional and international issues. Before departure he will be interacting with the Indian Association of Ghana, an umbrella association representing the Indian community in Ghana.
India shares close, warm and friendly relations with Ghana which are cemented by mutual trust, development partnership and presence of a sizable Indian diaspora. In the recent past, India’s engagement with Ghana has intensified in various fields. There have been regular high level visits between the two countries including visit of President of India to Ghana from 12-14 June 2016, visit of President Akufo-Addo to India for the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance in March 2018, visit of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for the 14th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave in March 2019. India has extended concessional lines of credit to Ghana worth around US$ 450 million in sectors such as agriculture, water, transport, transmission line, infrastructure, etc. In addition, Ghana has also availed Buyers Credit from India for several infrastructure projects including the construction of Tema-Mpakadan railway line. India has undertaken a number of iconic grant projects including Jubilee House, the seat of Presidency of Ghana, and India-Ghana Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT. Ghana is also a significant beneficiary of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme and ICCR education scholarships programme. The bilateral trade was US$ 4.5 billion in 2018-19 and US$2.4 billion in 2019-20. India is one of the largest investors in Ghana. From 1994 to 2019, Indian companies have invested over US$ 1.7 billion in Ghana in 730 projects covering diverse sectors of the economy.
The participation of the Minister of State in the presidential Swearing-in ceremony shows the importance of our bilateral relations with Ghana. The visit is expected to provide further momentum to our bilateral partnership and enhance the mutual goodwill among our people.