President Mahama will also hold bilateral discussions with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday, July 16 and will meet Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with whom he will discuss issues relating to economic relations and sign a number of bilateral agreements.
On Friday, the President will perform a flag raising ceremony to commemorate the Ghana Day at the ongoing Milan Expo 2015, during which the Ghana Pavilion at the Expo will also host a Business Forum. He will also hold meetings with a number of Italian businesses with interest in Ghana.
Ghana has very good diplomatic and economic relations with Italy. With over 118 Italian companies working in Ghana, Italy is ranked the 10th in terms of foreign projects registered in Ghana as at March this year.
Ghana’s export to Italy however reached almost GH¢2.2billion in 2012, while imports from Italy amounted to GH¢500million. Majority of Ghana’s exports to Italy were petroleum products.
President Mahama will be accompanied by Minister for Trade and Industry Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister for Food and Agriculture Fifi Kwetey and Secretary to the President Ambassador Kwesi Quartey.
President Mahama returns on Saturday, July 18.