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Malta and Ghana renew their relationship after 50 years

Ghana and Malta strengthen cooperation on trade, education, and investment, marking a historic moment on the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

In an era of rapid global change, two seemingly disparate nations have found common ground in strengthening their bilateral ties. Malta and Ghana, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, renewed their commitment to work together for the mutual benefit of their peoples. This marks a significant turning point in relations between the two countries, promising to bring prosperity and opportunity through increased trade volume and greater openings for private investment.

During a joint press conference held at the Jubilee House in Accra, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his Maltese counterpart, Dr. George William Vella, discussed the outcomes of the bilateral talks. These meetings led to the creation of a joint commission designed to facilitate progress in all areas of common interest, including higher education, aviation services, migration and the hospitality industry.

President Vella, leading a delegation of civil servants and private sector representatives on a three-day state visit to Ghana, stressed the importance of this cooperation. His presence, the second by a Maltese leader in recent times, underlines the importance that Malta attaches to relations with Ghana.

Ministerial delegations from the two countries met to strengthen already friendly relations and explore new areas of mutual cooperation. The talks highlighted the willingness to improve the volume of trade, support each other in the international arena, address migration issues, and deepen political consultation on issues of common interest.

The year 2024 marks not only an important anniversary but also a point of reflection on how bilateral relations between Malta and Ghana have intensified over the years, thanks to high-level visits and the signing of various agreements and memorandums of understanding that have cemented a solid and lasting partnership.

President Akufo-Addo described president Vella’s visit as historic, emphasising shared ambitions and principles as members of the Commonwealth. This collaboration has proven fruitful over the years, especially during the Commonwealth Heads’ meetings.

The stated objective is to promote mutual support at bilateral and multilateral levels. The Maltese President expressed Malta’s desire to voice Ghana’s positions and interests within the European Union, with Ghana facilitating Malta’s economic engagement with ECOWAS member countries to increase trade volumes.

Ghana at the centre of a new era of international cooperation

The opening of Malta’s first diplomatic presence in sub-Saharan Africa in Ghana testifies to the importance of these future relations. President Vella said that Malta will continue to promote meaningful cooperation not only at the political level, but also through exchanges between the private sectors and civil society of both countries.

The emphasis on agriculture and fisheries, financial services, tourism and culture, climate change and the environment, as well as the pharmaceutical sector, shows the breadth of areas of common interest. Malta expressed its readiness to offer further opportunities for Ghanaian students to study and specialise in Maltese higher education institutions, emphasising the importance of education, training and upscaling for young people in Ghana.

This renewed engagement between Ghana and Malta is not just a tribute to the past but a clear indication of the will of both nations to build a shared future based on peace, security and prosperity. Cooperation in these areas will not only further strengthen the bilateral ties but will also contribute to a major integration value chain global, benefiting both populations and over.

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