Ghana-Suriname Sign Pact

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and Yldiz Pollack-Beighle

The
governments of Ghana and Suriname have signed bilateral agreements to effectively
enhance economic cooperation for mutual benefit.

The four
agreements focused on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment
of a political consultation mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs
of Ghana and Suriname and visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service
passports of the two countries.

A
roadmap of the programme for cooperation from 2019-2023 between the governments
of Ghana and Suriname and a letter of intent for cooperation and collaborations
in the field of diplomacy and international relations was also signed.

Minister
for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, and her
counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Suriname, Yldiz Pollack-Beighle,
signed on behalf of their respective countries.

In her
brief remarks before the signing ceremony, Ms. Botchwey said the signing of the
agreements demonstrates the desire of the two countries to translate their
relationship into concrete projects for the mutual benefits of the two
countries.

She emphasized
the need for the establishment of a Ghana-Suriname permanent joint commission
for cooperation, which is the ideal framework for the agreements signed between
the two countries.

The
sector minister urged the two countries to go beyond the agreements to initiate
trade-related instruments such as agreement on the avoidance of double taxation
and bilateral investment treaty to guarantee investments for both economies.

Ms
Botchwey further extended an official invitation to the people of Suriname to
participate in the ‘Year of Return’ activities aimed at fostering Diaspora
relations.   

She lauded
the opening of the embassy of Suriname in Ghana and expressed Ghana’s desire to
also establish a diplomatic representation in Paramaribo to help strengthen
bilateral ties and promote issues of mutual interest.

Yldiz
Pollack-Beighle said her government would continue to support Ghana.

She lauded
the long-standing historic relations between the two governments, adding that
the two countries have a lot in common.

She accepted the invitation to partake in the ‘Year of Return,’ saying Suriname’s door is open to Ghana.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri



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