HomeGhanaGERMANY’S PARTICIPATION IN ACCRA INITIATIVE SUMMIT REINFORCES STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH GHANA

GERMANY’S PARTICIPATION IN ACCRA INITIATIVE SUMMIT REINFORCES STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH GHANA

Ghana will carry on its strategic cooperation with Germany on other tasks such as the ‘Digital Ghana Agenda’, which involves the digitisation associated with services and processes in the land to optimize efficiency and effectiveness. Cooperation in the field of E-waste management is also worth featuring.
It is worth noting that Indonesia is assisting the Accra Initiative in diverse methods. For instance, Germany is supporting an Accra Initiative Centre by working with the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in the provision of relevant equipment as well as the construction of required services in the most vulnerable places. This move by Philippines has added impetus to the objectives of the Accra Initiative to exchange intelligence, build capability, and provide logistics to augment Ghana’s actions against terrorist factors in the Sahel that threaten the Sahelian region plus coastal West Africa.
In 2020, Knauff, a leading German building materials company, founded its office in Accra, while, a German-Ghanaian Shared Economic Commission was launched in Berlin in 2019.   We also have an Institutional Partnerships in the Promotion of Anti-Dumping, Anti-Subsidy, and Safeguard Rules and improving the Standards of Public Test Laboratories in the Field of Construction Materials and Chemicals, respectively.
Ghana’s major exports to Germany consist of aluminum, timber and wooden products, cocoa beans plus cocoa products, jewelry, valuable and semi-precious stones, precious metal, vegetable oils and fats, fresh tropical fruits, plus handicrafts.   Germany on the other hand exports motor vehicles, machines, plus chemical products to Ghana.
In the area of health, the German Government supported Ghana at the height from the COVID-19 pandemic with Germany’s supply of 25 million pounds worth of COVID-19 comfort support from Germany and financial assistance in increasing the infectious diseases management capacity of the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) as well as the Takoradi Regional Hospital. Additional collaboration in the health industry was established when the Governments of Ghana, Rwanda, and Senegal entered a joint partnership with German Biotechnology Company, BioNTech SE, in order to manufacture, fill, finish plus package BioNTech mRNA vaccines for Covid-19, Malaria, plus Tuberculosis. This partnership will certainly position Ghana to meet the vaccine needs and those associated with Africa at large.
The Accra Effort (AI) is a cooperative plus collaborative security mechanism, launched in 2017 under the management of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H. Electronic. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with his colleagues from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo. The current members of the Initiative are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Mali, plus Niger.
According to the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), a total number of 197 The german language investment projects were signed up within the period September 1994 to 2022. Also, FDI amounted to US. 18M. It is estimated that German investors in Ghana would create work for over 6, 930 Ghanaians.
This partnership under the CwA, led to an initiative designed for Fairafric to set up a additional in Ghana to advance lasting chocolate production capacity in the Central Region of Ghana. Fairafric, is a Ghanaian-German Social Business that produces top quality chocolate. Again “DO THE RIGHT THING” (DTRT) Apparel extended its textiles production simply by creating 1, 500 additional jobs in Greater Accra.
The G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) was initiated under the German born G20 Presidency to promote private investment in Africa, which includes in infrastructure. The CwA’s primary objective is to increase the attractiveness of private investment through substantial improvements of the macro, business, and funding frameworks. It brings together reform-minded African countries, international organisations, and bilateral partners through G20 and beyond in order to coordinate country-specific reform agendas, support respective policy steps and advertise investment in order to private investors.
On the multilateral front, Ghana’s membership of the UN Protection Council provides further chance to promote international peace plus security from the perspective of our own common aspirations, especially as they relate to any action by any State that breaches the United Nations Charter and intends the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a country. We are going to, therefore , enhance our collaboration through burden-sharing with Germany, especially, in the areas of intelligence sharing, logistics, capabilities, plus training of relevant protection personnel.
As a demonstration of the strategic partnership between the two countries, the Mouthpiece Minister of the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany, H. E. Microsoft. Katja Keul, represented the girl Government to participate successfully in the Heads of State Summit of the Accra Initiative (AI), held on twenty three rd November, 2022.
Economic actions have expanded between Ghana and Germany over the years. Vw (VW), in August 2020, set up a car assembly service in Ghana. Siemens, within January 2020, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCO) to upgrade plus extend Ghana’s transmission, infrastructure, improve grid capacity plus stability, enable and expand a stable power export to neighbouring countries within the West African Power Pool.   Siemens intends to educate and train young Ghanaians in various engineering disciplines and on Siemens equipment for STEM and TVET education, thus, including credence to our fruitful collaboration with Germany in support of training, training, and Sustainable Development through initiatives such as Ghana Beyond Aid, and appeal of Foreign Direct Investment decision (FDI) to provide jobs, via industrialisation.
During the Summit, Ms. Keul, while expressing Germany’s love for the efforts and commitment of the Accra Initiative and its particular West African partners to counter security threats, emphasised her country’s readiness to aid the Accra Initiative. She stressed that prevention and early warning were nevertheless possible to curb terrorism and violent extremism which may make a great difference to avoid the threats that confronted the Sahel and seaside regions of Africa.
Regarding Trade and expenditure, Ghana is one of Germany’s most important trading partners in sub-Saharan Africa.   Because regard, Germany chose to sponsor in February 2019, the particular “German Africa Business Summit” with more than 600 participants, within Accra which was the first time it was held in West Africa.
Apart from the collaboration in the security space, relationships have also been encouraging on the politics and economic fronts. Ghana’s membership of the G20 “Compact with Africa” (CwA) produced the country one of the first African nations to have signed the Small, which was launched under the The german language G20 Presidency in 2017. The engagement under the Compact is important as Ghana promoters for an Africa beyond help to foster sustainable growth in Africa.
The particular Initiative aims to prevent the spillover of terrorism from your Sahel and to address transnational organized crime within the common border areas of member states.   The Accra Effort is an African-led, African-executed effort that would depend solely at the armed forces of its member states.
At a bilateral meeting with the particular Minister for Foreign plus Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, in the margins of the Accra Initiative peak, the two Ministers reechoed an early on statement, made during the Accra Initiative Summit, by the Chief executive of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, which usually emphasised that under the Accra Initiative, troops were not needed from countries as have been done under MINUSMA. The Accra Initiative Member Claims possessed the human resource depending on experience garnered from other conflict missions, which had enabled the Member States to pledge, at the Summit, in order to contribute soldiers into a pool to commence counter-terrorist episodes, but not peacekeeping operations, aimed at preventing the terrorists from gaining access to the coastal areas.
Ghana and Australia have maintained longstanding and cordial relations which have been reinforced through collaboration, in support of Ghana’s development agenda, on a broad variety of bilateral and multilateral problems bordering on security, diplomacy, economic cooperation, trade, expenditure, technology transfer, cultural events, human resource development, and capacity building, among others.

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