Ghana and Zambia have agreed to ramp up trade volumes, tourism exchange, and cooperation in various fields to enhance their bilateral relationship. The two countries made the commitment during the inaugural session of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) held in Accra.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the two countries are also looking to bolster cooperation in transportation, security, and institutional sectors.
Mr Ramses Cleland, the Chief Director of the Ministry, emphasized the need for strong trade facilitation between the two countries in the areas of standardization and conformity by the Standards, Food and Drugs authorities, financial technology, as well as immigration and customs institutions.
Mr Cleland also commended the technical teams for their participation in the discussions and urged them to develop modalities that will yield fruitful outcomes.
Mr Chembo F. Mbula, the Permanent Secretary for Special Duties Cabinet Office, Office of the President of Zambia, emphasized the importance of the PJCC in evaluating and strengthening the already cordial bilateral relations and forging new partnerships.
“The PJCC provides an opportunity for both countries to evaluate and strengthen the already cordial bilateral relations and forge new long-lasting partnerships,” he said.
The meeting ended with the signing of the Agreed Minutes for the Senior Officials Meeting, which sets the tone for deliberations at the ministerial level. The two countries are optimistic that the strengthened ties will result in concrete outcomes that will benefit their people.