The Ambassador of Mexico to Ghana Her Excellency Maria de Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre, has called on the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority as part of her nation’s initiative to enhance economic relations with Ghana.
The Mexican ambassador, who was speaking to Management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, stated that although her country has little presence in Africa, Mexico identifies Ghana as a strategic point of African development, hence chose to re-establish its embassy here.
She described her country’s reinvigorated relationship with Ghana as essential, because Ghana is playing a key role in the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area and would be key for Mexico to do business with Ghana.
“Today, Ghana will head the African Free Trade Area Secretariat. That means a lot. It means Ghana has gained reputation inside Africa and Ghana will be the Gateway for Mexico to come and do more business with Africa,” she stated.
She revealed that with political dialogues between Ghana and Mexico having taken place recently, Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has assured to reopen its embassy in Mexico to take advantage of Mexico’s interest in Ghana.
She said her country takes significant interest in the widening of the Ghana’s ports which would open up new opportunities for Ghana’s economic partners like Mexico.
“We are interested in the opportunities for this Port which is widening to become the most important port in West Africa,” she added.
The Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Michael Luguje said, the Ports Authority is taking ambitious strides to provide the needed supply chain logistics to support Ghana’s current attractiveness to the trading world.
“All the ambitious projects that we have in place, including the port expansions in both Tema and Takoradi. We are even building a new port in Keta. All that is to make sure we are a step ahead of the demand of trade,” he revealed.
He said his outfit would seek to rally stakeholders to investigate possibilities of collaboration between Ghana’s ports and Mexico.
“Mexico is a significant economy in Latin America, and we certainly would be encouraging our trading community to find what the competitive advantages are in trade with Mexico,” he asserted.
Some members of Ghana’s trade industry, who were present at the meeting, expressed some enthusiasm, to see Ghana break boundaries in trade with other countries for economic development.
“We have always been looking for ways of registering our products outside the boundaries of Ghana. We want to go global, so when there is an opportunity like this, we take it,” Elvis Blankson, Marketing Manager of GIHOC Distilleries expressed.
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