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The Cuban delegation led by the Deputy Minister ofd Public Health, Dr. Marcia Cobas Ruiz, has paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration on negotiations of Cuba’s indebtedness to Ghana in Accra.
The call was also to sign a health agreement to strengthen economic ties with the country.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Charles Owiredu, who expressed his appreciation for the visit recalled the long-standing relationship between the two countries since independence.
According to him, Ghana has been the first country in the South of the Sahara to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and the two countries have been sharing common values and interest in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) since 1959.
Owiredu noted that, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Regular Diplomatic Consultations between the foreign ministries would continue to enhance cordial relations among the two countries.
“Also, an MoU is expected to be signed during a meeting with the Health Ministers of the two countries.” he stressed.
He again said, government acknowledges the effort of the Cuban government to settle the indebtedness of Cuba to Ghana through the barter trade system.
“We acknowledge the effort being made by the Cuban government to settle the indebtedness of Cuba to Ghana though a barter trade,” he echoed.
The Deputy Minister extended Ghana’s appreciation to Cuba for supporting the health sector of several African countries, including Ghana, through the Cuban Medical Brigade (CMB) assistance programme which has given several medical practitioners the mandate to offer invaluable services in both the rural and underprivileged communities in Africa.
“We again thanked the government of Cuba for the tremendous contributions it has made to the human resource development in Ghana, particularly, in the area of education, in which more than 3, 000 Ghanaians have benefitted,” he indicated.
He therefore appealed to the delegation to improve on the living conditions of the CMB in Ghana and enhance adequately the security problems of various properties of medical practitioners across the country.
The Deputy Minister again reaffirmed the countries commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with the Cuban government, particularly, in areas of economic investment, exchange of technical expertise and international diplomacy as mutual benefit.
He further briefed the delegation on government’s effort to create jobs and wealth through the 1D1F, 1 Village, 1Dam, and the Planting for food and Jobs initiatives and called on the Cubans to partner government in establishing those ideas. He expressed hope in the Ghana-Cuba relations that it would continue to flourish on all fronts beyond the Health and Education but into Agriculture and Agro-processing as well.Source: Nii Aflah Sackey