The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has announced that his country is ready to develop Ghana’s agricultural and energy sectors. According to him, Italy needs open democracies and good economies to partner with.
“As Italian people we are not only ready for agri-business here but we are also ready for the energy sectors”, he said.
Mr Renzi, who said this in a twenty-two minutes address to the country’s legislature on Tuesday, emphasized that Italy was taking strategic steps to enhance its long existing relationship with Ghana and was hopeful that Ghana would continue to open its doors to genuine cooperation.
Mr Renzi said there was hope for the country (Ghana) since cooperation between Italy and Ghana would ensure growth in those sectors.
The new partnership in the energy sector, he said, would bring on board, Italy’s multinational oil and gas firm to ensure that Ghana’s energy sector was further strengthened to meet its growing demands.
“The new project will be for power generation and it will bring benefit to Ghana. This is a good message for friendship and cooperation between Italy and Ghana.
“Your wealth will be our wealth and your challenges will be shared across our collective efforts in finding solutions that work among the two countries in the spirit of collaboration”, Mr Ranzi noted. He called on other European countries to invest in Africa in order to send the right message to future generations.
Mr Renzi also described Ghana’s democracy as a great model not for only Ghanaians but the world at large.
‘Be proud because you are the bench mark of democracy, not only for Ghanaians, your democratic record in Africa coming from a diversified background should be a pride of honour, and the democracy is the antidote against Terrorism, and Violence’, he stressed.
He acknowledged Ghana’s effort towards addressing the issue of poverty and giving opportunity to Refugees to re-organize their lives.
The Italian Prime Minister also called on the Ghanaian government to create jobs for the teeming youth who are unemployed in order to address human trafficking, especially, from Africa to Europe.
He said much as Italy was leading in the fight against human trafficking across the Mediterranean Sea, the situation could only be curtailed if “employment opportunities are created for the jobless in the West African country.”
“We try to save the people every day, every night in the Mediterranean Sea. There is a demagogic and populist campaign against the Italian people and some European people. Maybe, I lost some votes; maybe I lost some consensus. But I prefer to lose some consensus than to lose my dignity. And I consider the human dignity more important and we will continue to save the people on the Sea.
“But at the same time, we know and you know that the only way to stop human trafficking is to work together, build possibilities to creating jobs here. This is real and important challenge for the people”, he noted.
Mr Renzi stressed the need for Ghana to build its Culture, and promote the values of its founding fathers, citing Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s effort of uniting Africa as a clear and good example to help develop Africa.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Doe Adjaho, in a brief remark assured him of government’s commitment in considering the imputes he had made to help Ghana develop.
The Italian Prime Minister is in Ghana for a two-day official visit. Renzi’s visit is his first in Ghana and second after former Italian Prime Minister, Giorgio Napolitano during the erstwhile Kufuor administration.
Source: Government of Ghana.