The Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy Paolo Gentilino has paid a courtesy call on the President and Commander-In- Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo at the Flagstaff house on Tuesday, 28 November 2017.
The visit was part of a two-day state visit to hold bilateral talks and strengthen the already existing relationship between both countries.
The Prime Minister in his address stated that Italy would collaborate with Ghana to expand its energy sector – oil, gas and renewable energy since these were very important in every developing country. He added that the Italian government was interested in investing in small and medium scale industries.
Prez Akufo-Addo on his part stated that the arrival of Prime Minister Paolo Gentilino was to build the already existing relationship between both countries. He referred to earlier visits of Former Presidents John Agyekum Kuffour and John Dramani Mahama to Italy and said “those visits broke down multiple barriers, allowing us to establish a stronger link with Italy”.
The President hoped that the forthcoming AU-EU Summit which would take place in Cote D’lvoire from Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 would discuss issues of common concern that confronted both continents, including the development of the economy, issues on migration and terrorism. He hoped that Ghana and Italy would play constructive roles in defining the relationship between Europe and Africa.
A guard of honour was mounted in the honour of the Prime Minister by the Ghana Air Force while the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band played the national anthems of both countries. HE Paolo Gentilino was welcomed by the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at the Kotoka International Airport. As part of his visit, he would visit the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.