23 May 2019

UK signs security partnership with Ghana

The UK has signed up to a security partnership with Ghana aiming to boost the region’s prosperity.

During a visit to Ghana Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt signed a security partnership to help ensure prosperity, education, health, and economic stability in the country. Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey signed on behalf of Ghana while Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt signed for the UK with H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and H.E. Iain Walker as witnesses.

Hunt called for collaboration between the two countries on security, crime, and cyber security. Hon. Botchwey expressed her interest in trading with the rest of the African continent.

The statement signed by the UK and Ghana representatives read: “We agreed to work together to enhance macroeconomic management and increase Ghana’s domestic revenues through tax reform and well-managed oil and gas revenues.”

“This will include enhanced co-operation between UK and Ghanaian institutions and improved capacity building from the UK within the region to address the full range of serious organised crime, corruption and border security challenges.”

There was also a strong emphasis on health, with Ghana moving beyond aid and building up technical collaboration with the UK. The agreement also outlined a commitment to sustainable development and gender equality.

Jeremy Hunt affirmed his ambitions to trade and work with Ghana and the whole of Africa ahead of Brexit, which he said the UK had not always done to the fullest of the continent’s potential. He promised to provide knowledge and support to Ghana in security, health, and the industrialisation of the country.

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