Ghana together with the rest of Africa are looking forward to a more candid, improved and mutually beneficial relationship with Europe, President Akufo Addo has stated.
Addressing a press conference after holding bilateral talks with the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, at the foyer of the Flag Staff House, President Akufo Addo said the EU AU summit taking place in cote d’voire tomorrow offers EU and AU leaders a unique opportunity to redefine the relationship between the two continents and to come up with well thought out ground rules that will sharpen trade and economic relations between the two continents.
President Akufo Addo made mention of notable Italian involvement in the Ghanaian economy such as the recent investment in the oil sector with the formation of eni Ghana. President Akufo Addo projected that he is looking for to investments in the renewable energy resources sector in Ghana by Italian organizations.
The Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni who is on a two day working visit to the country on his part said he is hopeful that the EU AU summit will mark the beginning of a new direction for trade and economic cooperation between countries constituting the European Union and the African Union.
25 Million Euro Investment in SMEs
The Italian Prime Minister announced a 25 Million Euro grant to the government of Ghana that is targeted at Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to support the acquisition of machinery that will help boost their production capacities.
The Prime Minister
Paolo Gentiloni Silveri was born on the 22 November 1954. He became Prime Minister of Italy on 12 December 2016. Prime Minister Gentiloni, a member of the Democratic Party in Italy, served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 31 October 2014 until December 2016, the President, Sergio Mattarella asked him to form a new government. Previously, he was Minister of Communications from 2006 to 2008, during the second government of Romano Prodi.
Source: www.abusuafmonline.com/Ghana/Wilberforce Asare