Ghana and South Africa sign transport and energy agreements

zuma and mahamaGhana President John Dramani Mahama and South Africa President Jacob Zuma. (Image source: GBC)Ghana and South Africa have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to co-operate on air services, transportation, electricity and energy developments

According to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), the agreements were signed during South African President Jacob Zuma's recent three-day visit to Ghana.

The MoU to co-operate on air services and transportation was signed by the Ghana minister for transport, Dzifa Attivor, and the South African minister for transport, Dipuo Peters. The agreement is aimed at integrating infrastructure in the continent to ensure effective and smooth air service for the general masses.

Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah and Ben Martins, ministers of energy for Ghana and South Africa respectively, signed the MoU for co-operation on electricity and energy.

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said, “South Africa has the biggest economy in Africa, so there is the need to cooperate with them to share knowledge and experiences. Ghana has a comparative advantage in energy production for both domestic consumption and exports, and would therefore continue to partner with others to achieve the set goals.”

Ghana has set an energy production target of 5,000MW to be achieved by 2016. The country plans to step up exports to neighbouring countries such as Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Liberia in the near-term.

President Zuma said, “Ghana and South Africa have signed similar agreements in the past on enhancing co-operation in science and technology, tourism and communications and we are expecting projects in these areas to be implemented soon... South African businesses have investments of about US$6.3mn in Ghana.”

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