Ghana and Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the field of information technologies and diplomatic archives.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey sealed the deal on behalf of Ghana while Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, signed on behalf of his country.
The signing took place Saturday in Istanbul, where Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister is leading a high-powered Ghanaian delegation comprising the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotions Authority, Afua Asabea Asare, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Yofi Grant and others from both the public and the private sector.
In the framework of the MoU and in accordance with their mandate and authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana will exchange information on achievements in the field of diplomatic archival activity, best practices and experiences on diplomatic archival documents.
Both countries will also provide assistance, exchange technical support and cooperate in other relevant areas for their mutual interest.
Ghana and Turkey have agreed to exchange reproduced copies of diplomatic archival documents based on the relevant national legislation.
Also, the countries will develop concrete proposals on joint publications and archival exhibitions and other activities set to be held.
Meanwhile, any information (document, software and data) and hardware obtained in the context of the joint activities to be carried out under the MoU shall not be shared with third parties without the written consent of the other Party.
The MoU may also be amended by mutual consent of the parties through exchange of notes via diplomatic channels.
Any amendment(s) made pursuant to the above-mentioned Article shall enter into force in accordance with Article VII of this Agreement.
Settlement of Disputes
Any disputes that may arise from interpretation or implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding is to be resolved through negotiations and consultations between the parties using diplomatic channels.
The Memorandum of Understanding is to enhance and strengthen the cooperation and will not constitute or be interpreted as an international agreement between the parties and no provision contained herein shall be interpreted or implemented as creating rights or commitments for the parties hereto.