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A delegation led by Honourable Sir Louis Straker; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with senior officials from the Government of the Republic of Ghana for the 5th preparatory meeting towards the First Session of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC), at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra, Ghana.

Honourable Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour, presented on issues and areas for cooperation in root crop production, fisheries, cocoa technology, breadfruit and ackee. The Honourable Minister explained that with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines cementing itself as the bread basket of the Southern Caribbean, there must be deepening of the diversification process. He added that, “we must ensure that when it comes to food, SVG must be the country where you can get the supply of the widest variety of commodities”.

His Excellency Ambassador Ellsworth John; Non-Resident Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the Republic of Ghana-Designate, and Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, presented on the ABCD Commission for the advancement of trading opportunities and people to people exchanges.

The delegation participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday 11th February, 2020 between both states at the First Session of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. At the Session, opportunities for tourism, culture, investment, trade, agriculture and youth development were discussed.

The official visit to Ghana commenced on Monday 10th February, and will end on Friday 14th February, 2020.

 

 SOURCE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce