On the auspicious occasion of Ghana’s 66th Independence Anniversary, the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana wishes to convey fraternal greetings from the Government and people of Ghana to the Government and good people of Angola. Ghana continues to cherish its relationship with Angola, forged out of bonds of brotherliness and the desire for continental peace and prosperity.
Ghana is celebrating another year of independence with a call for national reflection on the country’s journey so far towards development. Under the theme: Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose, the occasion will be marked with the re-evaluation and elimination of hindrances to its progress, through the collective strength of its people, born out of unity of purpose towards achieving sustainable economic transformation and development.
Like any other developing country, Ghana has encountered challenges in its quest for results much desired by its peoples, including, achieving the right synergy in the developmental approach as well as the efficient mobilisation, and allocation of resources to fulfil the country’s developmental goals. Notwithstanding these challenges, the Government and people of Ghana are determined to deploy concrete efforts backed by sound policies to chart a new course to achieve economic growth and contribute towards the global drive for sustainable development.
As the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from British colonial rule on 6th March, 1957, Ghana’s liberation constituted an inspiration to other countries in their quest for self-determination. Over the years, Ghana has continued to work, through bilateral and multilateral engagements, towards the promotion of these Pan-African ideals for the economic and political well-being of the continent and its peoples.
Though formal Diplomatic presence was established at quite different times in our respective countries, Ghana-Angola bilateral relations have been growing steadily over the years. Considerable gains have been realised in terms of political interactions through high-level official visits, and other official interactions at various levels of our governments. The President of the Republic of Ghana H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his counterpart, H. E. Joȃo Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola have both showed great leadership and commitment to support national efforts to promote and deepen economic engagements between our two countries. To this end, the Ghana Embassy in Angola is determined to harness the political will of the leadership of our two countries and engage closely with Angolan authorities to translate these official interactions into viable initiatives for our mutual economic benefits.
The commencement of TAAG Angolan Airlines passenger and cargo operations from Luanda to Accra in November, 2022, is a critical boost to the promotion of economic engagements by enhancing the ease of travelling from the respective countries. Indeed, the reduction of over 36 hours of travel time to a three and half-hour direct flight is good for business. The Embassy is of the expectation that Ghanaians and Angolans will capitalise on the benefits of the new route to boost bilateral economic interaction, as the airline expects to increase traffic for both passenger and cargo in the coming months. We further anticipate that the direct flight from Luanda to Accra will also serve as a catalyst in bridging the gap between Western and Southern Africa and enhance sub-regional trade and economic relations in furtherance of the objectives of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
There are numerous opportunities for both Ghana and Angola to explore within the framework of AfCFTA in the areas of oil and gas, petrol-chemicals, tourism, arts and culture, agriculture, higher education, mining, agro-processing, banking and finance, telecommunication, sports, migration, trade and industry as well as more Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The unwavering commitment of the two countries to the goals of the AfCFTA, is an excellent basis for further strides towards increased trade and economic cooperation.
Amidst the myriad of global challenges confronting many countries, also lies the opportunity for our two countries, especially, the private sectors, the engine of growth of all economies, to engage more positively on areas of common interest towards our mutual development. The Embassy is optimistic that, whiles celebrating our diverse history and cultural differences, both Ghana and Angola would work resolutely to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for vibrant private sector investments in our respective countries.
Ghana is ready for business with limitless opportunities, and through our interactions we know that our Angolan brothers and sisters are equally ready to scale-up the level of economic engagements between our two countries. The preferred investment destination in West Africa, Ghana offers some of the most attractive incentives for private capital investments and, we call on individuals and the business community in Angola to take advantage of these favourable incentives.
Once again, the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Luanda is honoured to share this special occasion of our country’s 66th National Day Anniversary with the good people of Angola. Through mutual respect and friendship, we will work assiduously towards the deepening of bilateral relations for the shared benefit of the good people of our two countries and ultimately inure to the well-being of the African continent.
Challenges may abound, but our shared resolve to succeed in the face of difficulties is stronger than ever.
Long Live Ghana! Long live Angola!!
Long live Ghana- Angola relations!!!
6TH MARCH, 2023