La Cote d’Ivoire’s President, Alassane Ouattara, will on Monday begin a 2-day official Visit to Ghana. The purpose of the visit is to deepen further the already strong relations that exist between the two countries, as well as explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit.
The visit is reciprocal to the visit made by President Akufo-Addo to his country in May this year, at the start of his tour of the countries of West Africa.
The two Presidents are expected to hold bilateral discussions at the Flagstaff House on Monday, there after the two leaders will address a joint press conference.
President Akufo-Addo will, later Monday evening, host his Ivorian counterpart to an official dinner.
Prior to President Ouattara’s departure, on Tuesday, the two countries will sign a bilateral agreement, and inaugurate a joint commission for the implementation of the recent judgment passed by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
May 5 Visit to Cote d’Ivoire
It will be recalled that earlier this year, from 5th May to 7th May, 2017, President Akufo-Addo paid a 3-day visit to Cote d’Ivoire, at the commencement of his tour of the countries of West Africa.
During that visit, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the close co-operation between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will be facilitated by a new initiative dubbed “An Agreement For a Strategic Partnership”, that will be signed by the two countries.
This agreement, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “in closer intimacy and go beyond the bounds of the concept of the Permanent Joint Commission, which is the conventional tool for co-operation.”
President Akufo-Addo noted one of the areas of focus of this Agreement will be in the cocoa industry.
President Akufo-Addo was also decorated with the Highest National Award of Cote d’Ivoire, La Grande Croix dans l’ordre National Ivorien, at a State Dinner held in his honour by the President Alassane Ouattara.
Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)