The President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, recently concluded a 2-day Official Visit to Ghana. The purpose of the visit is to deepen further the already strong relations that exist between the two countries, as well as explore other areas of co-operation to their mutual benefit. This visit is a reciprocal one to the visit made to Cote d’Ivoire by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in May this year, at the start of his tour of the countries of West Africa.
The two Presidents and their respective teams held bilateral discussions at the Flagstaff House and addressed a joint press conference. President Akufo-Addo later hosted his Ivorian counterpart to an official dinner. The two countries signed a bilateral agreement to inaugurate a joint commission for the implementation of the recent judgment passed by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
It will be recalled that earlier this year, from May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017, President Akufo-Addo paid a 3-day visit to Cote d’Ivoire, at the commencement of his tour of the countries of West Africa. During that visit, President Akufo-Addo revealed that the close co-operation between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will be facilitated by a new initiative dubbed “An Agreement For a Strategic Partnership”, that will be signed by the two countries.
This agreement, according to President Akufo-Addo, will bind Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire “in even closer intimacy and go beyond the bounds of the concept of the Permanent Joint Commission, which is the conventional tool for co-operation.” He also noted one of the areas of focus of this Agreement will be in the cocoa industry.