The Vice President, Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur has called on member countries of the Afro-Arab Organization to?strengthen?their resolve to produce concrete results that would impact positively on their economies.

Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur
Vice President, Mr. Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur

He said a frank review of progress after the last summit indicated that its benefits were yet to manifest among member countries, especially the poorer ones.

The Vice President made the remarks when he addressed Heads of Government at the Third Afro-Arab Summit in Kuwaiti?City?on Wednesday.

He said the body must definitely go beyond the generalities which had characterized their multilateral engagements and “for this reason, Ghana welcomes the effort that has been made to identify institutions and mechanisms and assign them specific roles.”

He explained that if the impact of the organization?s co-operative endeavour was felt throughout the two regions it would enable member countries to rally their populations solidly behind them.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur added that the population, geographical location, natural resources,?labour force?and markets of the body provided the critical requirements for industrial development amongst member countries.

Furthermore, the agreed framework for co-operation and the priorities the organization had identified reflected the most urgent challenges confronting member countries.

“Food?security, trade facilitation, protecting the environment and deepening our cultural links are all essential elements for a meaningful?strategic partnership,” the Vice President said, and reiterated Ghana’s commitment to work with all member countries towards the realization of the organization?s?goals and objectives.

He commended the Government of Kuwait for the its sense of urgency in sustaining the momentum of the African-Arab co-operation by organizing and hosting the Third Summit.

Source: GNA



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