And A Korean Minister Visits

Ms Kang Kyaung

Ghana’s rising status in
the international community is informed by progress being recorded in the
various departments of governance, with the economy in particular showing
important inroads.

Last week, after
indefatigable diplomatic efforts, the country achieved its dream of hosting the
headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The reverence and economic
goodies which come with the new status are enormous and we are grateful to the
President and our diligent Foreign Affairs Minister whose efforts made it all possible.

The name Ghana continues
to glitter in boardrooms of conglomerates across the world as a country which
has been able, through good leadership, change its negative story a few years
ago to a new one laden with hope and progress.

It was not for nothing
that we earned the status for which government has pledged $10 million for the
setting up of the Secretariat. Other countries eyed the status but missed it.

The visit to Ghana today
by the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Korea is especially
auspicious, and coming at it is against the backdrop of our new status in the
continental comity of nation. Countries such as Korea, the 11th
largest economy in the world, and others in the other hemisphere would be able
to engage with the continent in the area of trade through the Ghana-based trade
headquarters for Africa’s 1.2 billion people.

We are excited about the
possible outcome of the bilateral discussions the guest will hold with the Vice-President
and later the Foreign Affairs Minister.

Our country is currently
undergoing various transformational programmes in agriculture and
industrialization, among others, for which reason we need to link up with such
giants as the Republic of Korea.

Our export promotion drive
will register important strides when we win the hearts of such countries as the
Republic of Korea.

Our railway sector
development which went moribund for a long time and now no longer part of our
transport architecture must count on the support of willing supporters with
enormous capital and know-how such as the Republic of Korea.

Many of our technocrats
hardly get the opportunity to upgrade their statuses after their academic work
in school but the expected announcement of the visiting minister of
scholarships for continuing education at the master’s level could be changing
this. What a welcome development for our human resource enhancement.

Technological transfer at
this stage of our development is critical. We would, therefore, ask that this
is considered if it is not too late for discussion during our engagement with
the Korean guest.

The Korean story since its
destructive war ended in 1953 when the Gross National Income stood at US$67 million,
augmenting to US$31,349 is instructive and full of important lessons for
countries like ours. With able leadership, we can change our narrative by
considering the perseverance of the people of the Republic of Korea.

Having graduated from an
aid dependent country to a high income earning nation, home to the Hyundais,
Samsungs, among other world-acclaimed conglomerates, linking up with such a
burgeoning giant is worth the trouble.

We wish to welcome Ms Kang
Kyaung to our beautiful country with the standard ‘ayekoo’ and pray that we
witness phenomenal dividends from the trip – the second by a serving Korean
Foreign Affairs Minister.

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