The European Union has lauded the recent decision taken by the Government of Ghana to protect its public purse in order to clamp down on corruption and also; increase its revenue mobilization.
The Union has therefore reaffirmed its commitment of continuing its development cooperation with the new government focusing on sustainable development.
The European Union Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna made this known at the Europe Day reception in Accra.
According to him, the Union will continue to work with Ghana in Forestry Governance – the FLEGT programme -and to protect fisheries, which also face threats from unscrupulous exploitation.
This he said, they will continue to work with Ghana and other States in the region, and with their Member States, to ensure Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea. Emphasizing that, the Union wants to promote a prosperity that benefits all and sundry.
He expressed worried over the destruction of the forest by chainsaws, and the pollution of the water bodies by ‘Galamsey’
“It’s not only the environment that suffers when this happens. It’s the livelihoods of millions of people that are put in danger”, he said.
However, the Union commended government for taken pragmatic steps to tackle these problems to ensure sustainable development.
Mr. Hanna said the EU’s bilateral and development programmes will be coordinated to promote prosperity among Ghanaians.
The European Union remains Ghana’s largest development partner. We will continue our development cooperation, with a new focus on sustainable development, in line with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda.
Last year, we supported the Electoral Process in Ghana. And once again the elections were peaceful, transparent and credible, and the people of Ghana were able to make their democratic choice.
Today our partnership is more and more about trade and investment, and creating new jobs. Europe is already Ghana’s biggest investment partner, and we will remain so in future. We will work together with Ghana in a new economic partnership.
Last year the Parliament of Ghana and the European Parliament ratified the interim EPA. This agreement protects access to the EU market all exports, whether agricultural or manufactured, enter the EU single market free of duty.
It also aims to ensure a better business environment in Ghana, creating a stable and predictable framework for trade relations, and for foreign investment, and promoting Ghana’s integration into the regional and global economy.
Today we face new challenges –Protecting the Planet by fighting against climate change, and implementing the agreement we reached last year in Paris. Ghana still has amazing biodiversity.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.Gh