Accra, July 27, GNA- President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday stated that Ghana is a fledgling economy that is ready to partner others to achieve her development goals in the coming years.
He said although government had had a number of agreements with her development partners in the international arena, it t would continue to pursue others that would make the country a fertile ground for investment.
President Mahama said this when he received three envoys at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.
The envoys; Laura Carpini, Italian Ambassador to Ghana, Hans Doctar, Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, and Jeeva Sagar, Indian Ambassador to Ghana were at the presidency to announce the end of their duty tour to Ghana and subsequent departure to their respective countries.
On Italy, President Mahama said Ghana was partnering the country in the seven billion dollar ENI gas production that would help to relieve the energy needs of Ghanaians and subsequently make her a net exporter of the commodity by the end of 2017.
“We are assured that the project, when completed, will produce 1,000 megawatts of power per day and will make Ghana self-sufficient by 2017,” he said.
President Mahama commended the Italian Government for supporting Ghana after the June 3, 2015 floods and fire disasters adding that that support leveraged the relations between the two countries.
He said Ghana and Italy had signed some agreements which would be pursued to ensure that they achieved the needed goals in the partnership.
On the Netherlands, President Mahama said although Ghana was constructing a number of liquid waste plants in Ashaiman and Korle-Gonno in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana would partner them to find lasting solutions to their waste management.
“The Netherlands’ expertise in water and sanitation has been phenomenal and Ghana will partner them to ensure that our liquid waste problems are effectively solved in the coming years,” he said.
President Mahama said Ghana would also partner the Netherlands in the area of nutrition to check stunted growth among Ghanaian children since they were experts in nutrition.
President Mahama said the collaboration between Ghana and the Netherlands on the Tuberculosis Project was on course and government would continue to put in place all necessary measures that would help in its development.
On India, President Mahama said Ghana would collaborate with the country to achieve her Information and Communication Technology goals on account of India’s development prowess in that area.
He said apart from the partnership in the Komenda Sugar Factory and the Kofi Annan Information Centre in Accra, government would also partner them in the health sector to construct and equip district and regional hospitals with polyclinics at other centres.
Ambassador Laura Carpini of Italy, who has completed her four-year duty tour of Ghana, said visits by President Mahama to Italy in the past few years had leveraged the relations between the two countries.
She said Italy had been a huge investor in Ghana and the current healthier relations would further step up their level of investment in Ghana.
Hans Doctar, out-going Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, promised to step up relations with Ghana in the areas of water and sanitation.
He commended Ghana for her relentless efforts in placing the economy on the right pedestal irrespective of the economic turbulence she had gone through over the years.
Mr Jeeva Sagar, out-going Indian Ambassador to Ghana, commended President Mahama for his efficient management of the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.