— as Ghana Namibia Friendship Association Launches
Ghana’s former President, Ft Lt (Rtf) Jerry John Rawlings has charged Ghanaian players in the tourism industry to consider tapping knowledge on the sector from their Namibian counterparts to enrich their investment.
According to the former President, Namibians have made gainful strides in developing a successful tourism industry with a development framework that has helped them built a flourish tourism sector which has proven to be one of the best on the continent.
Former president Jerry Rawlings made the called when he joins the Namibia High Commissioner, Mr Charles Jacob to launch the Ghana Namibia Friendship Associate in Accra last Wednesday.
He noted that more Namibians were travelling to Ghana to do business and visit tourist sites for which reasons he encouraged Ghanaians to learn from them.
While commending the High Commission for the foresight to build the friendship association and ensuring its successful launching, Mr Rawlings also announced the revamping of Airnamibia onto the aviation industry.
He said, the return of Airnamibiaa would help breach the monopoly of South Africa Air, which appears to have gained dominants in the southern Africa air traveling business.
The former President however urged the leadership of the Ghana Namibia Friendship Association to be innovative and work to ensure the realization of its objectives.
The formation of the Association sought to promote friendly relations and non-governmental co-operation between the peoples of the two nations.
It envisaged to promote people to people exchanges, collaborations for joint ventures, cultural exchanges, investment trade and business, educational exchange programs and networking.
It also soughts to strengthen the bilateral relations between the governments of both countries which dates back in the Rawlings administration.
His Excellency Charles Jacob, Namibian High Commissioner to Ghana in a remarks said Ghana and Namibia have had a long history of friendship and the formation of the Ghana-Namibia Friendship Association was to further consolidate gains already existed.
Tracing the history back to Ghana’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the High Commissioner said, Namibia had enjoyed diplomatic assistance across the globe in the lead up to their independence in 1990, but Ghana has proven more and has remained a supportive ally even post independent.
Mr Charles Jacob said Namibia remained thankful to Ghana for the bilateral relation and the collaboration Ghana had with Namibia, especially in the education where Namibian students had opportunity to be trained as well as their security services.
The High Commissioner however expressed optimistic that the association would help further deeper relationship and improve the socio-economic development of the two nations.
He said Namibians are naturally friendly as their independence from South African colonial rule was backed by the international community and the assistance received prior to the birth of the country has made them naturally hospitable people.
Hon Mohammed Habib Tijani, a Deputy Foreign Affairs minister and MP for Yendi said the association should work to encourage cultural diversity and exchange of ideas of the two countries to help promote trade and integration.
Alhaji Haruna Atta, Ghana’s immediate past High Commissioner to Namibia and Chairman of the Ghana-Namibia Friendship Association, in a remarks said the diplomatic relations between the two countries is very cordial.
Namibia is of the Southern Africa nations with a population of little 2.4 million people and a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy.
The country officially established it mission in Ghana some three years ago and since play key role to deepen the relation.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba