Multilateral Relations

2021 Ghana-European Union Political Dialogue meeting held in Accra on 25 November 2021

30/11/2021 - 14:14
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Ghana and the European Union (EU) have held their 2021 Session of the periodic Political Dialogue in Accra. The main objective of the dialogue is to share information, foster mutual understanding, and facilitate the establishment of common priorities.

Ghana EU 2021 Political Dialogue

 

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, welcomed both sides to the meeting. She said, “Over the years, Ghana and the EU have enjoyed an enduring cooperation, originating from 1975 with the signing of the first financial protocol, the Lome 1 Convention, between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Member States.”

She expressed the hope that the 2021 Political Dialogue will assess the progress made on the outcomes of the previous year’s Dialogue, whilst exploring other avenues for cooperation in the various thematic areas outlined in the agenda for the day.  

Ghana EU 2021 Political Dialogue
Ghana EU 2021 Political Dialogue

 

The meeting was co-chaired by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on the Ghana side, and on the EU side by Ambassador Irchad Razaaly, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana.

Vice President Bawumia reiterated that the European Union is Ghana’s largest multilateral development and trade partner, and added that the EU and its Member States currently financed about half of all Official Development Assistance (ODA) received by the Ghanaian Government.

On his part, Ambassador Razaaly said the dialogue is a fundamental element of the European Union’s partnership with Ghana, which perfectly shows the value of inter-dependence and cooperation among the two sides. He was optimistic that the meeting would come up with concrete ways to strengthen and improve the partnership between the EU, its Member States and Ghana.

 

The 2021 Ghana-EU Political Dialogue brought together all the relevant national stakeholders from the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and representatives of the EU Member Countries accredited to Ghana.

The discussions centred on issues of mutual interest in thematic areas, such as Health Diplomacy and Vaccines; ECOWAS and Regional Security; Implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA); Sustainable Fisheries Partnership; Sustainable Cocoa Production; Regional Development; Climate Diplomacy and COP 26; International Instruments and the safety of journalists; Government, Democracy, Business and Human Rights; Elections and Cooperation in Consular matters.

These periodic discussions is envisaged to further strengthen the existing cordial relations between the European Union and Ghana and enhance the partnership among them.

Formalised cooperation between Ghana and the EU started after the first Lome Convention in 1975 and the two parties have since then, enjoyed fruitful economic and political exchanges, which had improved over the years.

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