Thursday, 30 May

Ghana deepens ties with Serbia as Minister for Foreign Affairs visits country

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (left)

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has paid a two-day official working visit to Belgrade, Serbia, from 11th to 12th April, 2024.

The purpose of the visit was to bolster bilateral relations and explore avenues for cooperation between the two countries.

During the visit, the Minister held constructive discussions with high-ranking Serbian officials, including the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ana Brnabić and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić.

Both countries demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing cooperation across a broad spectrum of sectors, including Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Parliamentary collaboration, Education, Agriculture, Sports, among others. The discussions highlighted the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships in these fields, stressing the significance of deepening ties and seeking extensive collaboration opportunities between Ghana and Serbia.

In a bid to institutionalise and deepen cooperation, the prospect of establishing a Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) was explored to serve as a framework for ongoing collaboration across various sectors.

The Minister further interacted with Ghanaian participants of the "World in Serbia Programme," as well as students and trainees at diplomatic institutions in Belgrade, to address the issues and challenges they face in Serbia.

The two countries have also agreed to hold Political Consultations to further solidify diplomatic ties and explore avenues for deeper collaboration. Additionally, Ghana is set to initiate the process of reopening its Embassy in Serbia, as a demonstration of its unwavering commitment to deepening the bilateral relationship between the two countries.