Italian Prime Minister Renzi pledges support to Africa

Accra, Feb. 2, GNA – Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy has stated that members of the European Union would need a strategy to give Africa the opportunity to develop its potentials.

This, he said, would include financial support, investments and other developments that would make African countries self-reliant.

President Renzi said this when President John Dramani Mahama hosted him to a dinner as part of his two-day official visit to the country.

President Renzi, who arrived 1700hrs on Monday and was met on arrival by Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, also held closed door bilateral discussions with President Mahama at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.

The Italian Prime Minister said he was impressed with the progress of Ghana and gave the assurance that Italy would continue to share expertise and knowledge with Ghana to harness her development potentials.

He said Rome is prepared to share its experience with Ghana in some areas including agriculture especially in the tomato farming and processing sectors.

President Mahama on his part expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for reciprocating the visit he made last year to the European country.

He said Italy was instrumental in the economic development of Ghana as there were over one hundred Italian enterprises based here.

President Mahama said the contribution of Italy is felt in the private sector and Small and Medium Term Enterprises as well.

The President said Ghana and Italy would also work around the 15 key issues that the two countries had agreed on concerning migration to ensure that migration issues in the country was smoothened.

Prime Minister Renzi on Tuesday morning is expected to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, lay wreaths of the tombs of late President and his wife Fathia Nkrumah.

The Italian Prime Minister would climax his two-day official visit to Ghana by addressing the Parliament of Ghana before his departure at 1130 hrs.


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