Ghana, Hungary Chart New Course

President Akufo-Addo (right) addressing a press conference at the Jubilee House. With him is President János Áder of Hungary.

Ghana and Hungary have signed a number of bilateral agreements as part of the effort to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

This was at the beginning of the Hungarian President, Jànos Áder’s five-day state visit to Ghana yesterday.

Chief among the agreements was for “the continuation of the education exchange programme between the Ministries of Human Capacities of Hungary and the Ministry of Education of Ghana”, for “the mutual visa extension for holders of diplomatic and service passport between the Republic of Ghana and Hungary, as ratified by Ghana’s Parliament in November 2019.”

They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on sports cooperation between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Ghana and another MoU on cooperation in the field of waste management in Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale and Dambai, with commitment to work towards establishing a framework for swift and seamless cooperation between the parties based on equality, reciprocity and mutual benefits.

There was also an MoU in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation, which considering the impact of climate change, and the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals number 13 which emphasises the need to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact.

President Akufo-Addo said the signing of the agreements was to expand their existing mutual relations in order to provide support to each other at both bilateral and the multilateral levels.

The Hungarian President, together with his wife, Anita Herczegh, as part of their state visit to Ghana were hosted to a state dinner by President Akufo-Addo and first Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

He is also scheduled to visit the Newill Academy School in Koforidua, and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra.

He and his delegation will also pay a courtesy call on the Omanhene of the Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, and later visit the Kakum National Park in the Central Region.

Before he departs Ghana on January 16, 2022, he will meet the Hungarian community in Ghana, pay a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and visit the Kumasi Waste Water Treatment Plant (KWWTP) built by Hungarian experts.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu