ACCRA, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has requested the Cuban government to revive the construction of a biolarvicide factory which has been stalled since 2009.

The project, abandoned after the change in government in 2009, was an initiative started by former President John Kufuor, who sought the assistance of Cuba for the construction of the facility for the manufacture of a biolarvicide, an insecticide which kills the mosquito larvae , as part of the war against malaria.

The factory was also to produce bio-fertilizer to boost agricultural productivity and create jobs.

President Akufo-Addo made the request for the revival of the project in partnership with the Cuban government, when Cuban Ambassador to Ghana Pedro Luis Gonzalez Despaign, called on him at his Flagstaff House office here Thursday to congratulate him on behalf of President Raul Castro on his election as president.

The ambassador indicated the willingness of the Cuban government to assist Ghana in this endeavour, as well as co-operate further in the areas of biopharmaceuticals, education, culture and tourism, construction, and sports.

Ghana was the first country in Africa to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and Ambassador Despaign indicated that the two countries would continue to share a special relationship, stressing that a high level delegation from Cuba would be present at Ghana’s 60th Independence Day celebrations.

Touching on the co-operation between Ghana and Cuba in the field of medicine, he noted that a total of 239 Ghanaian students are currently studying in medicine in Cuba. In addition to this, hundreds of Cuban doctors are currently in the country, as part of the Cuban Medical Brigade.

However, the ambassador noted that Ghana’s outstanding indebtedness in the afore-mentioned areas total 4,732,700 US dollars. Virtually the entire debt, he said, was incurred over the last eight years, and urged government’s prompt action in defraying this debt.

He also indicated that Cuba was counting on the support of Ghana to help lift the commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.

President Akufo-Addo assured Despaign of his government’s prompt action in Ghana’s indebtedness to Cuba in the area of medical co-operation between the two countries and Ghana’s continued advocacy in helping to end the blockade against the Caribbean island nation.