President Mahama interacting with the Australian Envoy
Ghana and Australia have affirmed their commitment to expand diplomatic relations.
This came to light on Tuesday, when the out-going Australian High Commissioner, Mr. William Billy Williams, paid a courtesy call on President John Mahama at the seat of government, Osu in Accra.
In his remark, Mr. Williams noted that through the Australian development programme, many Ghanaian students have been awarded scholarship to Australia to undertake masters-level and short course studies in areas such as health, agriculture, education, public sector management and mining.
He stated that other Ghanaian government officials had participated in short term capacity building activities in Australia in the field of trade law, diplomacy, mining, governance and diplomacy.
Underlining that country’s commitment to boosting trade ties with Ghana, the envoy noted that currently, there were15 Australian mining companies operating in Ghana.
Mr. Williams lauded Ghanaians for going through a sixth successive election peacefully; noting that the country had really come of age as far as democracy and constitutionalism was concerned.
On his part, President Mahama said Ghana has new prospects lying ahead of it, going through a successful election.
He said “Friends like you are needed most, but I hope your successor will continue from where you left off.”
President Mahama noted that Ghana and Australia were members of the Commonwealth; shares democratic values and have respect for human rights, rule of law and indeed have similar laws as both nations were associated with Britain.
“A platform to continue to build on the relationship has been created in the private sector,” he said, observing that Australian businessmen were walking the talk by investing in Ghana, especially in the mining sector.
President Mahama was grateful to the Australian government for the scholarships awarded to Ghanaian students to study in Australia.