On 23rd August the entourage from the Republic of Ghana that, led by the President, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been in the country for a 3-day State visit, returned home. The Equatoguinean Head of State went to Malabo airport to provide the Ghanaian leader with an official send-off.
Three days after its arrival, the senior delegation from the Republic of Ghana came to the end of its stay in our country. The farewell ceremony for the entourage led by H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took place in the hail of honour at the presidential terminal at Malabo airport, in two parts.
Some leaders from constitutional bodies, the Government, political parties, presidential advisers, ambassadors and representatives from diplomatic missions were also present at the event.
The plenipotentiaries from the two nations signed the corresponding framework of cooperation agreements, resulting from the contact that the two delegations had over the three days.
The departments of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Integration were the institutions which featured in the negotiations, and their leaders took part in the signing of the agreements.
Specifically, a framework agreement was signed for the supply of liquid natural gas, and on the importation infrastructure, signed by the respective plenipotentiary representatives. While Mba Mokuy and Shirley Botswe, ministers for the departments of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Sub-regional Integration, signed an agreement related to the suppression of visas for the holders of diplomatic and official passports, together with a memorandum of understanding on mutual consultation.
On the final day of the Ghanaian mission’s stay in our country, the two chancellors for foreign policy from Ghana and Equatorial Guinea read a joint communique, covering, among other aspects, the reactivation of the Guinea-Ghanaian Mixed Commission; a review of the terrorist attacks in various African and European countries in recent years, together with an expression of solidarity with the Republic of Sierra Leone for the recent natural disaster.
The growing respect for the democratic values in various African nations, the consolidation of South-South cooperation, the establishment of contacts between the Equatorial Guinea Chamber of Commerce and companies from Ghana, formed part of the work done.
During the press conference given by the two presidents, they revealed the foundations for the official programme of this State visit. H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was the first leader to give his impressions n the opinion he will take from our country, after this first visit.
For three days we have seen the high degree of development in petroleum in Equatorial Guinea, and this has been possible thanks to the interest and nationalist spirit of my counterpart, here beside me”, he said.
For his part, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in response to the question on the future of bilateral relations, highlighted the famous stability and alternative democratic process in Ghana, which should be a source of reference for African countries.
In addition, the leader of the nation highlighted the privilege implied by the fluid relations with Ghana, which was the reason for signing the various agreements which deserve to be put into practice. He also indicated that signing an agreement is an expression of the will to develop experiences in the identified sectors, in order to guarantee the economic, social and cultural development of the nations.
Following the press conference, the Ghanaian entourage went to Malabo airport to set off on their journey home. Military services were once again present to provide the corresponding military honours at the send-off, while civil, political and diplomatic authorities also took part at the ceremony.
On the steps of the plane, the two leaders bid a cordial farewell, satisfied with the three-day encounter.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea