The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has said, the bilateral relations between Ghana and Egypt remained stronger, despite the political challenges faced by Egypt in recent time.
The Speaker made the statement when the Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, paid a courtesy call on him in Accra yesterday.
The visit was part of Egypt’s efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with African countries and stems from historical ties that bind Egypt and Ghana.
Prof. Oquaye recounted Egypt-Ghana relations dating back to the period of national liberation across the African continent in the 1950s, where the two nations played a prominent role in supporting other African countries to gain their independence.
He mentioned the two nations’ venerable leaders, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Gamel Abdel Nassar, the pillars of African independence from colonial rule, adding Ghana and Egypt have a lot to share in common.
“It is worth noting that Ghana and Egypt relations date back in the 1950s, when the forefathers of the two countries led by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Gamel Abdel Nasser, to the extent that Nkrumah even married Fathia from your country,” the Speaker recounted.
He assured Mr. Shoukry of the government’s determination to strengthen Africa’s cross-border business and trade and expressed the hope that the two nations will cooperate in economic trade to open business and investment opportunities.
Mr. Shoukry,on his part, said his visit was to reassure Ghana of Egypt’s commitment to improving relations between the two nations, stating Ghana remained the biggest pillar in Africa’s political and economic development.
He added that bilateral relations with Ghana are considered a model for bilateral Egyptian-African relations, given that Egyptian investments in Ghana exceed billion dollars via the major Egyptian companies operating in many fields, such as infrastructure, construction and power generation.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister assured his ministry would liaise with the Egyptian Embassy in Accra to ensure that the difficulties that the country’s organizations and companies face in delivery services to Ghanaians are redressed.
He further praised Ghana for the exemplary democratic process and intimated Egypt’s readiness to learn more from Ghana, especially its democratic system.
A member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament and MP for Okaikoi Central, Mr. Patrick Nuamah, said Ghana’s government under the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo is very interested in tapping the aviation, agriculture and healthcare service experience from Egypt.
He said the Egypt airline in Ghana has proved to be good in the aviation sector, while the agriculture, through the Nile River, and the good health records are all sectors that Ghana would like to tap from.
Mr. Kwame Governs Agbodza, a ranking member, said Egypt and Ghana have a lot share, especially Egypt, with improved agriculture, health and civil governance in the world.
He noted beside the Nile River, which served as the biggest water tunnel for all year round agriculture farming, the Heath and Aviation are sectors that Ghana stands to learn from, and expressed the hope that the visit of Mr. Shoukry will open more opportunities for Ghana.
Mr. Shoukry arrived in the country earlier this week and has already met with Samia Nkrumah, the daughter of the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah.
He is expected to discuss relations between the two countries and means to develop them in all fields, and to hold consultations on a number of regional and international questions of common interest.
Mr. Shoukry will also deliver a message from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to President Nana Akufo-Addo on means to enhance bilateral relations, with the aim of Egypt’s relentless efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with African countries.
Currently, Egypt and Ghana are seeking to activate the Joint Committee in order to increase trade exchange, in accordance with their historical bilateral relations, as cooperation between the two countries includes security, counter-terrorism, health, information and communications technology, agriculture, irrigation, fish resources, education, and culture.