The team first paid a courtesy call on the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah in Kumasi, on Monday 21 January, 2019, to officially inform his about the field trip and also his support for a smooth trip.
Mr. Osei Mensah officailly welcome the Ambassador to the Region and praised the efforts of the EU and the team accompanying the Ambassador for the work done region's vast forest reserves and pledged the support of the Regional Coordinating Council in the Region to streamline legal timber production. He said the Regional Council was embarking on a "clean and green city" project aimed at reversing the city to its historical status as the garden city of West Africa, calling for support, technical and human resources to achieve their aim.
Mrs. Acconcia on her part said efforts were underway to ensure that Ghana becomes the first AFrican Country and the second in the world to receive a licence and certification from the European Union to export timber products to its member states under the Ghana-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA). This follows the successful assessment of the country's forest governance structure, laws and active participatiion of the local communities and civil society organisations under the Forest Law Enforcement, Governanve and Trade (FLEGT) programme.
She urged Ghanaian to participate in the green economy initiative which will open the way for Ghanaian youth to have access to employment in the forest sector.