The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured his Colombian counterpart that the country’s doors are open to investors and entrepreneurs from Colombia who want to do business in Africa.
He said as host of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) Secretariat, Ghana had become an entry point to the vast African market.
Dr Bawumia, who was proposing a toast at a state dinner held in honour of the visiting Vice-President of Colombia, Francia Elena Marquez Mina, at the Jubilee House last Wednesday, therefore, invited Colombian businessmen and women to leverage the peaceful and stable political atmosphere in Ghana, as well as the prevailing investor-friendly climate to invest in the country for their mutual benefit.
“It is our hope and prayer that the coming years will see an exchange of high-profile visits between officials of our two countries which would culminate into a state visit by our two Presidents early next year.
“We are ready to build on the sound political relations that already exist between us to uncover new areas of cooperation that will ultimately inure to the benefit of our people,” he added.
Dr Bawumia further said that although Ghana’s relations with Colombia over the years had been restricted in scope “we hope your visit will invigorate the ties between our two countries”, adding that diplomatic relations between the two countries dated back to June 23, 1988.
Ms Mina was on a two-day visit to Ghana.
Among dignitaries at the banquet were the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare; a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, ministers of state, members of the diplomatic corps and some Ghana-based Colombians.