GHANA’S PRES SAYS MALAYSIA AN ICONIC COUNTRY FOR GHANA FOR WHAT IT HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO

ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has expressed the wish to see relations between Ghana and Malaysia "continue to grow and grow" as Malaysia is an iconic nation for many in Ghana because of what the country has been able to do.

"We want to try and replicate the same development here. We are inspired by the developments that have taken place in your country. We believe there is much we can do together to advance the solidarity between us," he said when the outgoing Malaysian High Commissioner (Ambassador), Cheong Loon Lai, paid a farewell call on him here Wednesday.

The President was confident that Ghana would be able to replicate the successes of Malaysia, especially in the area of agri-business and expressed the determination of his administration to tap into the expertise of the Malaysia, especially in the field of palm oil production.

Oil palm cultivation and processing earned Malaysia 16.1 billion US dollars in export earnings in 2015 and is expected to hit 56.5 billion USD by 2020.

With the two countries being cocoa producers as well, President Akufo-Addo noted that "there should be much discussion between us. We should be able to take a position in the market which is different from the traders and consumers, and, by that, be able to protect our farmers".

Cheong, who has completed a three-year tour in Accra and is being re-assigned as ambassador to Hungary, said his main focus as High Commissioner here has been to strengthen relations between the two countries.

He also took the opportunity to wish the President a happy 73rd birthday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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