As part of activities marking Ghana’s 60th independent anniversary, the French Embassy in Accra, will organise a series of events to showcase Ghana-France 60 years’ relation.

President John Dramani Mahama (2nd L) lights a fire during Ghana's 59 Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square in Accra, capital of Ghana, March 6, 2016. British colony Gold Coast declared her independence on March 6, 1957 and renamed herself Ghana. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)

A statement issued by the French Embassy and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday said: “2017 marks Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary obtained on the 6th of March, 1957, but it is incidentally a year of 60 years of diplomatic relations between France and Ghana as well”.

It said the anniversary presents a great opportunity for France to launch an initiative that outlines several events organized to showcase the quality and diversity of our partnership: “A comprehensive and dynamic partnership”.

It noted that in recent years, this budding bilateral relationship had been further strengthened on all fronts: cultural, linguistic, economic and political.

The statement said that was an indication of the willingness to prioritize the best courses of action to tackle regional and global issues, and orient our development on a more sustainable path.

“Ghana had always had a special place in France’s relations with the sub-region. France supports Ghana’s efforts towards a more integrated West Africa.

“For this reason, various programs and events symbolising the nature of our bilateral ties have been planned throughout the year so as to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between France and Ghana,” the statement added.

It said to ensure that these activities have the desired positive impact, it has been decided to be organised within the operational framework of a “France and Ghana 2017” scheme, the first-ever in Ghana.

The statement said there was a wide range of activities, some of which were already underway, notable among those yet to take place are: the running of direct flights from Paris to Accra, the foundation laying ceremony for the embassy’s new premises.

The rests are the visit of the French Navy Orchestra known as Bagad de Lann-Bihoué to Accra, the holding of the first France education fair in Ghana and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Alliance Française in Accra.


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