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Visit of Under-Secretary of State Krzysztof Stanowski to Ghana

 

On 19-21 November 2011 Minister Krzysztof Stanowski paid a working visit to the Republic of Ghana. This was the first time in decades that that such a high-level Polish representation had visited Ghana. The Minister was accompanied by: Mr. Przemysław Niesiołowski, Ambassador to the Republic of Poland to Ghana (based in Abuja, Nigeria) and Mr. Eugeniusz Sawicki, Head of the Section for Sub-Saharan Africa in the MFA's Department of Africa and the Middle East.

On 20 November, the Minister paid a visit to the Volta region. Since 2009, projects have been implemented in the region in the framework of Polish development assistance, covering such fields as traditional crafts (batik production by rural women), education (renovation and rebuilding of a primary school in the town of Tafi Mardor) and agriculture (sustainable pineapple farming). These projects are implemented by the Polish Green Network and "Friends of the Earth". The Polish delegation was greeted by local administrative and traditional authorities (tribal leaders). The inauguration ceremony for the abovementioned projects was attended by several hundred local community members and representatives of Ghanaian NGOs cooperating with the Polish Green Network.

On 21 November 2011, Minister Stanowski met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Chris Kpodo. The discussion focused on the perspectives of developing bilateral cooperation and an exchange of opinions on topical international issues. The Ghanaian Deputy Minister spoke of the positive experiences of Polish-Ghanaian cooperation and expressed the interest of the Ghanaian authorities to expand this cooperation. Both sides were glad to note an increase in trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. Dr Kofi Asare, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Ghana, also took part in the discussions.

During his visit to Ghana, Minister Stanowski also held talks with the Head of the EU Delegation in Accra and the Ambassadors of the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

For more photos of the Minister's visit to Ghana, see the photo gallery.

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