Recounting her stay in Ghana and the number of initiatives undertaken to improve the Ghanaian development situation, Mrs Acconcia stressed the need to foster the cooperation between the EU and Ghana, which have been good over the years. She said the EU is happy to be of support to Ghana during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The EU is supporting Ghana in the same way Ghana is supporting the EU in areas such as seeking peace and security for the region. We need each other and we can’t make it on our own”, the Ambassador stated.
The Minister, Ms Botchwey on her part, congratulated the Ambassador for successfully moving the cooperation between the EU and Ghana to another level during her tenure, with so much to point to during the Ghana – EU political dialogues, which have been fruitful.
The Minister said development assistance is critical for socio-economic development, referring to the EUR 87 million emergency support from the EU to Ghana to fight the COVID pandemic. “The support was timely and those funds came handy,” she stated explaining that like other countries, Ghana had severe economic problems when COVID struck.
Referring also to the support by the EU to get COVID vaccines for Ghana under the COVAX arrangement, Ms Botchwey said Ghana was grateful. She appealed to the EU to do more and to continue to push for more vaccines for Africa and Ghana. She said in the face of the 3rd and 4th wave of the new variant of COVID staring at some African Countries, “we need the vaccines now more than ever”.
She commended the decision by the EU to consider Ghana as one of the possible hubs for the manufacture of vaccines including those of COVID and vaccines for future pandemics. She also touched on the delisting of Ghana from the list of money laundering countries, which she said created issues for the country, efforts at ensuring sustainable cocoa production and the welfare of farmers as well as issues of child labour, thanking the Ambassador and the EU for helping with initiatives in those areas to address the issues.
The farewell meeting was attended by Ambassador Kwabena Osei Dankwah, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ambassador Emmanuel Antwi, Chief of Protocol, Mr. Maxwell Nyarko Lartey, Head of the Office of the Minister, Mrs. Betty Osafo Mensah, Director, Europe Bureau at the Ministry, Ms Shevon Baddoo, Assistant Director at Europe Bureau, at the Ministry.