Foreign minister begins working visit to strengthen Ghana-Latvia relations

By Maame Aba Afful
Foreign minister begins working visit to strengthen Ghana-Latvia relations Foreign minister begins working visit to strengthen Ghana-Latvia relations
Foreign minister begins working visit to strengthen Ghana-Latvia relations

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, is in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, for a working visit with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations between Ghana and Latvia.

 The Minister was received at the Riga International Airport jointly by H.E. Mrs. Gina Ama Blay, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ghana to Federal Republic of Germany with concurrent accreditation to Latvia, Estonia as well as Lithuania and the Deputy Head of State Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Ms Leva Briede.

The Ministers Schedule

Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey will commence her working visit with a trip to the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia (Saeima) where she will meet with the Deputy Speaker of the Saeima, Ms. Inese Lībina-Egnere. A visit to the National History Museum of Latvia will be next on the Minister's itinerary. The Minister and her delegation will be given a guided tour of the museum as well as the Exhibition dubbed "Latvia's Century". The last assignment of day one of the visit will see Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey hosting a working dinner for the business delegation of the Republic of Latvia with the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics of Latvia, Ēriks Eglītis, as the Guest of Honour.

Day two will begin with a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia. The Foreign Affairs Minister will meet with her Latvian colleague Foreign Affairs Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs. The two Ministers will have a private tête-à-tête meeting, attend a working luncheon hosted by Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and hold a joint Press Conference. The Minister and her delegation will subsequently visit the National Library of Latvia. The Minister will attend a book donation ceremony after which she will be given a guided tour of the magnificent library.

Business Forum

As part of the working visit, a business and investment promotion forum will take place in Riga, the capital city of the Baltic State of Latvia on the 19th of July, 2018. The forum will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia located at K.Valdemāra iela 3, Rīga.

Presentations at the Forum

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre led by its Chief Executive Officer, Yoofi Grant, will deliver a presentation at the forum to showcase investment avenues to the Latvian business community. The Ghana Free Zones Authority through its Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Kate Djankwei Abbeo, will present the Free Zones investment model to potential investors at the forum. Also scheduled to speak at the forum is Samuel Dentu, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority. He will unearth the Export Promotion model and vast opportunities that exist in Ghana for potential Latvian exporters and importers alike.

The Delegation

The Minister is accompanied by a fourteen (14) member delegation comprising, H.E. Mrs. Gina Ama Blay, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ghana to Federal Republic of Germany with concurrent accreditation to Latvia, Estonia as well as Lithuania; Mr Yoofi Grant, CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre; Mr Edmond Boateng, Director of the Office of the Chief of Staff; Mr. Samuel Dentu, Deputy CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Agency; Mr Samuel Yaw Nsiah, Director of the Europe Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Ms Sena Siaw-Boateng, Director of Office of the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

The remaining members of the delegation are; Mr Louis Kwame Obeng, Minister of the Economic Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in the Federal Republic of Germany; Ms Tenewa Asamoah, Deputy Director of the Economic Trade and Investment Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Ms Hilaria Mabel Day, Deputy Director of the Europe Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration; Mr Michael Assibi, Counsellor of the Political Affairs of the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in the Federal Republic of Germany; Ms Kate Djankwei Abbeo, Deputy CEO of Corporate Affairs of Ghana Free Zones Board; Mr Zakari Khalifa Banda Abdallah, Deputy Director of the Ghana Export Promotion Agency; Ms Megan Elizabeth Maclean, Senior Investment Promotion Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre; Ms Christiana Joyce Palm, an Assistant at the Ghana Free Zones.