Ghana-Norway ties of co-operation strengthened - Akufo-Addo

By Mutala Yakubu
PM Solberg [L] in a handshake with President Akufo-Addo
PM Solberg [L] in a handshake with President Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo says the Norwegian Prime Minister's visit to Ghana is aimed at reinforcing the strong ties and cooperation between Ghana and Norway.

Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, is in Ghana for a 2-day visit.

President Akufo-Addo on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Jubilee House, expressed the appreciation of the Ghanaian people to the Norwegian government and its people for the considerable support they have offered Ghana through various interventions when the Prime Minister paid a courtesy call on him.

Norway’s ‘Oil for Development Programme’ has been running successfully for more than a decade and enhanced Ghana’s capacity to manage her petroleum resources.

“We are also grateful for the assistance offered to the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, and the Ghana Nautical College, amongst others,” Nana Akufo-Addo said.

Particularly delighted with Norway’s new partner country initiative, which is aimed at ensuring that partner countries become independent of aid in the long term, the President indicated that “it fits in perfectly with my Government’s vision of a ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’.”

President Akufo-Addo was encouraged by the fact that more Norwegian companies are looking to invest in Ghana, symbolized by the presence of oil and gas giant, Aker Energy.

“I wish to assure the more than fifty (50) Norwegian companies operating in our country that my government will continue to try and maintain a conducive investment atmosphere that would not only guarantee the safety of their investments but also good returns on investments as well,” he said.

Whilst in Ghana, Prime Minister Erna Solberg is expected to pay a visit to Jamestown, hold an encounter with fisher folk, and undertake a tour of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre.