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From Patrick Biddah Colombo-Sri Lanka
New Zealand has expressed its strongest determination to open a mission in Ghana despite the oversight responsibility which the British High Commission has over its economic and diplomatic relations with Ghana.
According to New Zealand, it is seeking for economic development and the creation of opportunity for young people in both countries for which reason the opening of the mission is relevant.
At a meeting with the Vice-President, Mr. Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur on the sidelines of the just ended 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. John Key said, his country wishes to increase its presence in Africa by first establishing the Mission in Ghana.
Currently, South Africa is the only country in Africa where New Zealand has a mission, but according to the Premier due to the opportunities which are available in Ghana, the opening of a mission in Ghana will be profitable and open more avenues for other economic relationships.
In pursuant of this, the Premier hinted that Foreign Ministers of both Ghana and New Zealand would be meeting in March, next year, to fashion out diplomatic issues towards actualizing the setting up of the mission.
He said, New Zealand already buys cocoa from Ghana and will thus seek to consolidate its trading with Ghana when the mission comes on stream.
The deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwesi Quartey who accompanied the Vice President to Colombo briefed the media after the fruitful meeting.
He said aside the expression of interest to establish a mission in Ghana, the New Zealand leader gave strong desire to also invest in the energy sector and public financing of projects.
For example, he explained that New Zealand sees Ghana as an economy which is growing and with the agenda of embarking on a mission to add value to primary products, the idea expressed also by New Zealand is very welcomed, particularly in the agriculture sector.
He revealed that when all is settled, New Zealand will be pumping money into dairy farming, meat production and agro processing in Ghana.
When this is achieved, more money would have been pumped into Ghana’s economy and in the end create more employments as well as technical abilities and training for Ghanaians.