Ghana, Burkina to Expedite Railway Development to Boost Trade

Enterprise Television- Ghana, Burkina to Expedite Railway Development to Boost Trade

Ghana and Burkina Faso have agreed to expedite the establishment of the Joint Commission for Co-operation that would speed up agreements in the areas of rail and road transport, agriculture, water management, trade and energy.

The two also agreed to improve on trade relations for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.

These were the outcome of talks when the Burkinabe President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who is on a two-day state visit to Ghana, met with President Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra yesterday.

During a joint press conference after bilateral talks, President Nana Addo disclosed that the two countries were in talks to finding a lasting solution to the annual spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso, which often has disastrous consequences for communities downstream, especially in the northern part of Ghana.

Another outcome of the talks between the two heads of state is an agreement on quarterly meetings between ministers from both countries to address issues of mutual concern. Again, there were discussions on convening a meeting of the Volta Basin Authority, which comprises of six countries in the West African region.

President Nana Addo noted further that both nations also agreed to collaborate with the support of ECOWAS, establish a joint border post to facilitate trade and free movement of their people, goods and services.

They also decided to work together in support of the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) under the auspices of the African Union.

President Kabore, on his part, expressed gratitude to the President for the honour done him and for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation.

He pledged to ensure that the relations between Ghana and Burkina Faso are tremendously improved, and assured that his government would work to bring to fruition, the agreements made in Accra.

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