Ghana’s Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, on behalf of the Government of Ghana has reassured that, hopefully the plotting of the coordinates of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire would provide the requisite Launchpad for the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).

The Senior Minister indicated that, in October, 2017, the Heads of States of the two countries signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) to collaborate in six (6) Strategic Areas of Cooperation.

The signing of the Agreement which was conducted at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, 17th October, 2017, at the end of the 2-day visit to Ghana by the President of Cote D’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, was meant to cover the areas of Defence and Security; Cocoa and cashew economy and other strategic crops; Maritime cooperation; Mining, energy and environment; Transport; and Economic policies.

According him, a meeting was earlier held in May 2018 at Abidjan, where Côte D’Ivoire shared with Ghana a document on the plotting of the coordinates in accordance with the ITLOS decision of the maritime boundary between the two countries on a nautical chart at a scale of 1:1 million.

Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo, head of the Ghanaian delegation indicated that, they had since then reviewed in detail the plots and are in agreement in principle, and however proposed that the two Technical Teams worked together to validate the plotting of the ITLOS coordinates as was presented by Côte d’Ivoire.

The Senior Minister was speaking at the 2nd meeting of the Ghana-Côte D’ivoire joint committee on the implementation of the ITLOS judgement at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on 9th August, 2018.

The purpose of the meeting he said, was a follow up to the earlier one that took place at Abidjan in May this year, where Côte d’Ivoire took a firm stand towards a smooth implementation of the ruling by the Special Chamber of International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

Mr. Osafo Marfo intimated that, the implementation stage was very critical as it would assure the investor community in the areas of the security of their investment and ensure that oil concession blocks could also be given right up to the line. Adding that, it could as well open new discoveries that will increase Ghana’s oil output, boost revenue for Ghana’s economic development.

“We hope to have fruitful deliberations on all the outstanding issues to consolidate the already existing bilateral relationship between Ghana and Côte D’Ivoire,” The Senior Minister said.

Mr. Adama Toungara, the Minister of Mines, Petroleum and Energy and the head of the Ivorian Delegation at the meeting also reiterated that, Cote d’lvoire was resolved to work with the ITLOS decision.

“I expect tremendous progress in line with our maritime areas, to bridge and strengthen the thighs between our people,” He said.

Mr. Toungara also said, “The meeting is to find a bit of time to examine the drafter and the progress in the analysis of the ITLOS decision.”

According to him, they were committed to create a prosperous society between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire by increase the volume of trade between the two countries, and to create a stable inclusive economic environment, committed to execute the relevant instruments and also take the necessary measures towards a closer convergence of their economic policies.

By:Sammy Adjei // Newsghana.com.gh

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