Austria and Ghana have agreed to strengthen their existing bilateral ties with a focus on economic growth, trade, investment promotion, peace and security in West Africa, climate resilience, and adaptation. The two countries also plan to collaborate on emerging security threats, particularly on issues of terrorism, border security, and maritime barriers.
In addition, they have resolved to promote democracy in the region and mutually oppose unconstitutional changes in government. Ghana has also called on Austria to support the African Continental Free Trade Area, which intends to link fifty-four markets, covering 1.3 billion people with a combined GDP of some 3 trillion United States Dollars.
Furthermore, the two countries have agreed to cooperate on increasing efforts to limit global emissions towards achieving the 1.5 degree Celsius goal. They will also push for the expeditious implementation of the process of UN Reforms, based on the Ezulwini Consensus, and ensure that the matter of UN reform is restored as a priority item to the global agenda.
On the issue of migration, both countries have reiterated their determination to champion the need for humane treatment of illegal migrants, as well as the protection of their human rights in accordance with international law.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo emphasized that vulnerable countries suffer the most devastating effects of climate change. He added that due to the enormous investment and business opportunities offered to the Austrian private sector by the infrastructure required to link these markets more effectively, Austria’s cooperation is essential. On the issue of Russian invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 pandemic, the President explained that it is Ghana’s principle to oppose great power domination of the affairs of the world.
For the most part, Chancellor Karl Nehammer disclosed that Austria will work towards setting up an embassy in Ghana to assist and further deepen bilateral engagements. With this move, both countries will work together to achieve their shared objectives, foster cooperation, and promote mutual benefits.
Source: 3 News