UK will support Ghana beyond aid agenda – Walker

The United Kingdom has assured the government of Ghana of its willingness to “genuinely” support the agenda of moving Ghana beyond aid.

President Akufo-Addo has indicated on several occasions of his determination to move the country beyond aid.

British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker stated that for this aim to be achieved , it is important for the two countries to strengthen bilateral trade.

He made this known when he called on the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye Friday in Parliament.

Iain Walker assessed that bilateral between the two countries has fallen over the years. From 2012 to 2015 the trade fell about 30%, he remarked.

He however assured that his government will do its part to improve the trade relationship between the two countries.

“The challenge is how do we in the UK help you to achieve that ambition of getting beyond aid as partners and to make that happen. The statistics that give me some cause for concern is trade. And I look at the UK-Ghana bilateral trade and I see that despite all the excellent things that we see, between our countries, our bilateral trade has fallen 30 percent from 2012 to 2015.”

On his part, Professor Mike Oquaye said there should be a new paradigm in the economic relations between the two countries.

According to him, this will ensure proper democratic development.

By Mercydalyne Lokko | 3FM |

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