Ghana's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Italy, Mrs Eudora Quartey-Koranteng, has presented her letters of credence to Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the capital, Rome.
An official at Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Daily Graphic that Mrs Quartey-Koranteng conveyed greetings from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana to President Mattarella.
The official said the ambassador expressed appreciation for the US$25-million pledge to Ghana by Italy during the visit of Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini in November 2018.
She said the ambassador disclosed that the facility would be used to promote the various programmes of the government to improve the human resource capacity of local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The ambassador, she hinted, said the government was looking forward to drawing down on the facility in fulfilment of the pledge.
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She also emphasised the government’s commitment to making Ghana an active player in the 21st Century world arena under the “Ghana Beyond Aid” initiative which sought to build a self-sufficient Ghana that could partner investors, the official stated.
She said the “Free Senior High School”, “Planting for food and jobs” and “one-district, one-factory” were some of the key projects currently being aggressively implemented throughout Ghana, the official noted.
The official reiterated Ghana’s offer of a viable environment for business, and called for more Italian investors to consider Ghana a business destination.
The ambassador also presented to the Italian President, letters of recall of her predecessor, Paulina Patience Abayage, who is currently the Minister of the Upper East Region of Ghana.
The Italian President received the Ghanaian envoy at the Quirinale Palace and congratulated her on her appointment.
The President, the official stated, noted with admiration the fact that Ghana was known as a stable country with the potential for economic growth and expressed hope that the Ghanaian ambassador would work to increase collaboration and further strengthen Ghana-Italy relations for mutual benefit.
To this end, the official said the Italian President gave the assurance that his country would support the envoy in the discharge of her duties.