Ambassador-Designate of the Republic of Austria to Ghana,H. E Mr. Thomas Schlesinger, has officially presented his Open Letters to the Designate Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, in line with normal diplomatic practice, on 1st February, 2021.
In her remarks of recieving the letters on Monda, During the meeting, Hon Ayorkor Botchwey welcomed H.E. Thomas Schlesinger, Ambassador-Designateof the Republic of Austria to Ghana and congratulate him on his appointment as the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Ghana.
She futher acknowledged the long-standing bonds of friendship and cooperation which happily exist between Ghana and Austria, founded on mutual commitment to peaceful co-existence, respect for the rule of law, democratic governance and international cooperation.
Minister Designate for Foreign Affairs reaffirmed Ghana’s determination and her personal desire to continue to forge strong partnerships for cooperation between Ghana and Austria, for which reason Ghana recently opened its first ever diplomatic Mission in Vienna as an indication of the commitment of the Ghanaian Government to expand its relations with Austria.
Amongst others Hon Ayorkor Botchwey expressed appreciation for the financial and technical assistance extended by the Austrian Government to Ghana, in various fields, including those related to infrastructure, health, agriculture and the education sector, where various training programmes and scholarships have been offered to Ghanaians to study in Austria, which have contributed to the development of the Ghanaian human resource and expertise;
She referred to the Austrian Trade Mission to Ghana in March 2020 and urge the Ambassador to encourage Austrian companies to take advantage of the AfCfTA to increase Austria’s trade engagement on the continent, with Ghana as the entry point.
Hon Ayorkor Botchwey expressed satisfaction with the increasing collaboration between Ghanaian and Austrian defence authorities through technical exchanges such as training support extended by Austrian Experts to dog handlers from Ghana as well as the technical cooperation the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) receives from Austria.
She noted that the Government of Ghana under the leadership of H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has embarked on a strong drive to industrialize Ghana’s economy through programmes such as the One District One Factory (1D1F), Planting for Food and Jobs, anchored on the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.
Hence, she explained that the Ghana Beyond Aid vision is driven by a resolve to harness Ghana’s immense potential and resources to transform its economy and self finance its development through increased trade and investment.