The agreement was reached at the end of a three-day second Joint Consultative meeting of experts between the two countries held in Accra.

The meeting was in preparation towards the reactivation of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation between both countries established in 1976 and ratified three years later.

Both sides acknowledged the measures put in place in the fight against illicit drugs and affirmed the need to deepen collaboration in this field.

Ghana’s side submitted a draft MOU on the prevention of drug trafficking for the consideration of the Beninese team.

According to the agreed minutes of the meeting, the Benin side welcomed the draft MOU and indicated that they will revert with their inputs through diplomatic channels within a month.

According to Bonaventure Adjavor, the deputy director of the Africa and regional integration bureau at Ghana’s Foreign Ministry, the deliberations of the consultative meeting enabled the experts to engage in fruitful exchanges and arrived at conclusions considered achievable and mutually beneficial to Ghana and Benin.

“The leaders on both sides expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting and urged the technical experts to remain proactive and ensure that the decisions taken are disseminated to the various competent agencies in the respective countries for effective implementation,” he said.

He said the Beninese side expressed appreciation for the opportunity given them to visit some centers of excellence which include the plastic and burns center of Ghana’s premier Korle-Bu teaching hospital in Accra.

They were convinced and hopeful to develop these newly identified areas into greater levels of cooperation for the mutual benefit of the two countries. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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