Ouattara Storm Ghana Today
The President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, will from today begin a 2-day Official Visit to Ghana. The purpose of the visit is to further deepen the already strong relations between the two countries, and also explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit.
This visit is reciprocal to an earlier one made by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to Cote d’Ivoire in May this year.
Information from the Presidency indicates that the two Presidents and their respective teams are expected to hold bilateral discussions at the Flagstaff House today, after which they will address a joint press conference.
The source said President Akufo-Addo will host his Ivorian counterpart to an official dinner later in the day.
Prior to President Ouattara’s departure, slated for tomorrow, the two countries will sign a bilateral agreement, and inaugurate a joint commission for the implementation of the recent judgement passed by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
May 5 Visit to Cote d’Ivoire
It will be recalled that earlier this year, (from 5th to 7th May}, President Akufo-Addo paid a 3-day visit to Cote d’Ivoire at the commencement of his tour of some West African countries.
During that visit, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the close co-operation between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will be facilitated by a new initiative dubbed “An Agreement for a Strategic Partnership”, to be signed later by the two countries.
This agreement, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “in even closer intimacy and go beyond the bounds of the concept of the Permanent Joint Commission, which is the conventional tool for co-operation”. He hinted that one of the areas of focus of this agreement will be the cocoa industry.
At the end of that visit, President Akufo-Addo was decorated with the Highest National Award of Cote d’Ivoire, La Grande Croix dans l’ordre National Ivorien, at a State Dinner held in his honour by the President Alassane Ouattara.