Accra, Aug.2, GNA – Ghana and the Republic of Peru are currently working on a political consultation agreement to forge bilateral relations.
The agreement both diplomatically and commercially would also enable the two countries to explore opportunities and share knowledge in the areas of agriculture, tourism, commerce and gastronomy.
Alhaji Dr Rashid Pelpuo, the Minister of State in charge of Public-Private Partnerships, made this known at a ceremony to commemorate the 195th Anniversary of the Independence of Peru in Accra.
Peru gained independence from the Spanish Empire in July, 28 1821.
He congratulated the new President of the Republic of Peru and all Peruvians for peaceful national elections.
He expressed the hope that the change in government would bring new opportunities to further enhance the budding bilateral relationship.
The Minister said the decision of Peru to open a resident mission in Accra had increased the level of activities between Ghana and Peru and had taken the diplomatic relations a notch higher.
He said the consultation would also serve as a legal framework that would guide the bilateral agenda.
“The process, which started a year ago, is almost at the completion stages and the two countries have exchanged proposals,” he added.
He said the two countries in the spirit of reciprocity have co-ordinated and supported each other in the presentation of candidates to a number of international organisations.
Alhaji Pelpuo expressed the hope that the collaboration and support would be stronger in the coming years to provide the two countries with common ground to engage other partners at the global level.
He said a recent trip by the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) to Peru was indicative of the fact that Ghana is ready to explore the Peruvian territory with the ultimate aim of increasing the country’s commercial and trading engagement.
He said the volume of trade and investment between the two countries is low and exchanges in trade business delegations would create the necessary platform for entrepreneurs to identify opportunities, which would lead to the improvement of trade and investment fortunes.
He said Peruvian exports to Ghana consist mainly of canned agro-processed products.
He said African textiles, coconut oil, shea butter and cashew nuts have a favourable market in Peru.
Dr Eliot Gaviria, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Peru said the Peru mission in Ghana would continue to deepen the relationship between the two countries.
He said there has been more collaboration with the opening of the Mission in Ghana, adding that political level co-operation would be strengthened between the two.
He expressed the hope that more businesses from Peru would visit Ghana to explore the business environment and invest.
Mr Ghassan Antoine Yared, the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of Peru in Ghana said his country has a buoyant economy with lots of trade and investment opportunities in sectors like agriculture, commerce and industry.
He said Peru is a nation rich in culture with creative people, beautiful tourist sites, and an amazing gastronomy considered by the Organisation of American States as “Cultural Heritage of the Americas”.