South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has arrived in Ghana for a day’s state visit.
He will meet with President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House today, Thursday to discuss issues of importance to the two countries and strengthen the bilateral, political and economic relations.
The South African leader is also in the country with a delegation for the South Africa Business Forum.
The last time President Ramaphosa was in contact with Ghana, he was apologising to the country on behalf of his country over the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa that resulted in the deaths and injuries to several African nationals, and the looting of shops belonging to them.
South Africa is one of the largest foreign direct investors in Ghana, mainly in mining, communication, beverages, retail and franchising.
Several South African companies are operating in Ghana, including, inter alia, MTN, AngloGold Ashanti, Shoprite, Goldfields, Standard Bank, First National Bank, Barclays/Absa, Multichoice and South African Airways.
The South African government in a press release said the working visit will provide an opportunity for South Africa to explore new areas of cooperation with Guinea, Ghana and Togo, “and to promote increased trade and investment flows to the mutual benefit of the peoples of the four countries.”
The visits will also create a platform for President Ramaphosa to engage with his counterparts on matters of mutual interest in South Africa’s quest for a peaceful and prosperous continent in line with the aspirations of AU Agenda 2063 as well as the reform of the global governance system.
President Ramaphosa will be joined by his International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor; Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Ms Thoko Didiza; Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; State Security Minister, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mr Fikile Majola.