Ghana and Malta expressed their commitment to deepen their relations in the areas of tourism and culture as well as trade and investment.
To this end, the two countries would establish special commissions responsible for working out the modalities for achieving this objective.
This is the result of a meeting between the President of Malta, Mr. George Vella, and the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, when the latter paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Vella at his office in Malta last Monday.
Dr Awal was in Malta to attend a Mediterranean Tourism Investment Forum organized by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation.
The President described relations between Malta and Ghana as very cordial and expressed the need for the two countries to intensify cooperation, especially in the areas of tourism, culture, trade and investment.
He revealed that tourism accounts for over 40% of Malta’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and said the two countries could share knowledge and experience on developing tourism as a window for trade and investment. .
Mr Vella said Malta could be Ghana’s gateway to attract tourists and investment from more than 23 Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Croatia, France , Italy, Spain and Greece.
DrAwal told the Maltese President that the government of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was implementing a number of initiatives aimed at transforming the Ghanaian economy and improving people’s lives.
He said that in the field of tourism, for example, forts, castles and heritage sites were being renovated and upgraded to attract more tourists to the country.
The minister said the government is ensuring that tourism and the creative arts industry contribute significantly to the country’s GDP and job creation, adding that Ghana is ready to share its experiences with Malta in these areas.
He said that as tourism is a global economic activity without borders, it was imperative that no country be left behind in efforts to achieve sustainable tourism that protects the environment and people.
DrAwal urged businesses and investors in Malta and the Mediterranean in general to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA) to deepen trade relations with Africa.
The Minister, accompanied by the Ambassador of Ghana to Malta, Her Excellency Barbara Akuorkor Benisa, also paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister of Malta, Mr. Robert Abela, as well as to the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Clayton Bartolo, and to the Minister of Justice, Culture. and the local government, Mr. Owen Bonnici.