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Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey received the 11-member delegation at her office on Monday

Zambian delegation visits Ghana

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has urged other countries in Africa to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and provide skills and trade opportunities to the majority of young people on the continent.

She explained that the AfCFTA Secretariat is a great opening for countries to start trading with each other, rather than the existing practices of sending businesses outside the continent.

She expressed her hope that with the young population on the continent, if this were to be pursued, it would go a long way towards improving the objectives of the secretariat and its overall ideology.

“Today we can all boast of the African Continental Free Trade which is operational in all our countries. Ghana hosts the secretariat and we seek to ensure that we trade with each other. Africa has a very young population; we must offer jobs to our young people coming out of school. Those who are not able to access higher education, we necessarily have to provide them with skills and therefore for us it is important that this secretariat of the free trade area has come, which gives us this platform. form to be able to trade between us because most of our trade is with the outside world and it is not the best,” she pointed out.

Addressing an 11-member parliamentary delegation from the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Zambia when they paid her a courtesy visit, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey added that the long-standing relationship between Ghana and Zambia is the one President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cherishes.

“Ghana and Zambia are going a long way to the point where not only the role that Ghana played in Zambia’s liberation struggle, but also in terms of providing teachers to Zambia. Many Zambians I meet in high places talk about how they were taught by Ghanaian teachers and so we have been very close and I hope this visit will bring us even closer. At the executive level, I believe that President Akufo-Addo and your former President, President Lungu and President Hichilema are on very good friendly terms and much has been done to nurture this friendship to bear fruit” , she said. .

For his part, Brig. Gen Morgan Sitwala (Rtd), the leader of the delegation, said they were in the country on a routine tour to share and learn from other countries and their parliaments.

“Like many other parliaments, we are on a break in Zambia and normally we have these benchmarking tours for us to learn and share with our sister parliaments. It is for this reason that we find ourselves in your beautiful country”, did he declare.

He added that the focus of their visit this year is to patrol the mainland correctional services.

“We’re looking at some interest in our committee and for this break we’re looking at patrol as a topic in our corrections…we’re also visiting our embassy just to learn and find out how they’re doing and what issues they may be having, in the idea that when we return home we can share with our government and we should be able to see how we are continuously improving their stay and well-being here,” he added.

The delegation will be in the country for five days.

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