Japanese envoy calls on former President Mahama, Ayawaso West pops up during discussions

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Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno, on Friday paid a courtesy call on former President John Dramani Mahama at the latter’s residence in Accra.

Ambassador Himeno conveyed the warm felicitations of the Prime Minister of Japan, and recounted John Mahama’s long standing and personal relationship with Japan. He also restated his country’s commitment to enhancing its cooperation with the Republic of Ghana and the speedy execution of ongoing projects irrespective of which political party is in government.

President Mahama congratulated Japan for its support and recalled the successful restoration of the Yen Loan Portfolio following his personal interventions and meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He reminded the ambassador about the Volivo Bridge over the Volta Lake, which was the first project agreed for execution under the Yen Loan Portfolio.

Mr. Mahama also thanked Japan for the 1.6 billion Japanese Yen support towards the construction of an Advanced Research Centre into Infectious Diseases at the Noguchi Memorial Institute at Legon. President Mahama pushed for the establishment of the Centre following the Ebola Virus Disease that rocked the West African Sub region in 2014, following which Japan during a state visit to Tokyo by President Mahama in 2016, signed the agreement for the Centre.

They also discussed other matters relating to the Takoradi to Kumasi road, the Tema Motorway Extension, Edubiase bridge and other projects. Ambassador Himeno said most of the projects will be completed and commissioned in the year 2020.

Other issues discussed include the spate of vigilante attacks, insecurity, the violence that rocked the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election and the 2020 general elections.

The Japanese Ambassador also briefed the former president about preparations towards the future of the Japanese monarch following the decision of the Empress to abdicate the throne in favour of her son, the Crown Prince.

Mr. Mahama commended Prime Minister Abe and Japan for the stability and economic prosperity being enjoyed by Japan.

Source: BestNewsGH.com




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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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