The 12th Session of the Ghana-Burkina Faso Permanent Joint Session for Cooperation closed yesterday Friday, December 14, 2018 with the commitment of both countries to continue to deepen bilateral ties for economic growth.
The Session discussed a number of topics including Political, Security, Legal and Diplomatic Relations; Economic, Trade and Investments; Energy and Infrastructure; and Agriculture, Water Resources and Environment.
Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia reiterated Government’s commitment at deepening ties with her neighbour to the north while undertaking a number of projects to concretise this relationship.
These include the Railway Interconnectivity Project linking Ghana and Burkina Faso designed to ensure greater cross-border trade and regional integration.
Ghana is also committed to ensuring greater bilateral relations with her northern neighbour through the 225 kilovolts Bolgatanga to Ouagadougou Power Interconnection Project, which will see up to 100 megawatts of power supplied directly to Burkina Faso from Ghana.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, gave the assurance when H.E Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Burkina Faso, called on him at the Jubilee House, Accra on Friday 14th December, 2018.
Vice President Bawumia emphasised the need to integrate critical infrastructure linking the two countries, as such projects have the capacity to remove supply-side constraints and enhance the competitiveness of the two countries.
H.E. Alpha Barry lauded the cordial relationship between Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Burkina Faso President, H.E Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, which has further deepened the already friendly relations between the Governments and people of Ghana and Burkina Faso.
There is also the need to build the capacity of Burkinabe and Ghanaian technicians in the area of electricity generation and transmission, he indicated.