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German foreign minister to visit Ghana on December 11

The Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is expected to pay a state visit to Ghana from 11th to 13th December, 2017.

Ghana’s local news media reported that, president Steinmeier is to be accompanied by the Federal Minister of Economy and Energy, Mrs. Brigitte Zypries, the Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, the State Minister at the German Foreign Office, Maria Böhmer as well as a substantial business delegation and guests from civil society.

He is also expected to be accompanied by 17 representatives of German companies that are working to realise Germany’s commitment under the G20 Compact with Africa to bring more investment to Ghana.

A statement copied to the GNA on Wednesday from the Cultural, Economic and Press Affairs Unit of the German Embassy said the state visit would be the first trip to an African country by President Steinmeier, since he took office in February, 2017.

“This underlines the close partnership between Ghana and Germany 60 years after establishing diplomatic relations,” it noted.

The statement said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would receive President Steinmeier on December 12th.

The visit would focus on discussions on the youth in Ghana, scientific and academic cooperation and migration, vocational training, investment and business promotion.

During the visit, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance and Germany’s Deputy Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Friedrich Kitschelt, would sign the bilateral “Investment and Reform Partnership” agreement.

The agreement would bring up to 100 million Euros of the German Government’s support to promote private investment into renewable energy in Ghana as well as vocational training.

The private investment is Germany’s commitment under the G20 Compact with Africa, which was signed in Berlin in June, 2017.

A cooperation agreement for the opening of a Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Ghana would be signed under the auspices of President Steinmeier.

It would be signed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, Mr Francis Dodoo, and the Director of the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institute of the University of Freiburg, Germany, Mr Andreas Mehler.

Bonny Amadi with agency reports

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