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Ghana’s deputy trade minister eyes greater collaboration with Mauritius

Ghana’s deputy trade minister eyes greater collaboration with Mauritius

Ghana’s Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Nii Lamptey lauded Mauritius for the strides it has taken in the textile industry and said he was looking forward to greater collaboration between the two countries.

The visiting Mauritius Trade delegation for the business forum held in Accra, Ghana from September 19 to 20 paid a farewell visit to Vanderpuye at his office.

The Deputy Minister told the Mauritius delegation that if African nations trade among themselves as a continent, Africa could become a shining example of an economic giant for the rest of the world to see.

Vanderpuye said that African countries must ensure free movement of goods and services to boost trade. In this context, he challenged African airlines to help speed up the process of continental integration since they play a critical role in that process.

He noted that travelling from one African country to the other for business ventures can be cumbersome as passengers sometimes have to make a detour to Europe before reaching their destination in Africa. He added that airlines on the continent must ensure that both time and cost of doing business in Africa come down.

For his part, Xavier Luc-Duval, Mauritius’ Vice Prime Minister, said that the island nation’s visit had yielded rich dividends as they have been able to successfully identify business opportunities in the West African powerhouse.

He expressed the view that the stringent visa requirements for the African business community should be toned down since there are many members of the Mauritius business community who are keen to do business in Ghana.

Duval was optimistic that the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with their Ghanaian counterparts will further the mutual interests of the two countries.

Azad Dhomun, Mauritius’ Ambassador to Ghana, added that regional airlines should be speedily introduced to cut down on time and cost of travel, which acts as a barrier to doing business in Africa.

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