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General News Mon, 17 Sep 2001

Ghana, Turkey Seal Trade Bond

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Kofi Konadu Apraku and the six-man delegation he led to Turkey to participate in that country's 70th Izmir International Trade Fair has returned.

Included in the delegation was the President of the Private Enterprise Foundation, Nana Yeboa Kodie Asare II, who is also the President of FAGE, Mr. Randy Sey- Managing Director of CATAL Ltd., Ms Esther Ofori- CEO of Ghana Trade Authority, Mr. Sam Ayensu- Deputy Director of the Ghana Export Promotion Council and Mrs. Rebecca Ackwonu- Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

It will be recalled that Ghana and Turkey signed a Trade, Economic and Technical Co-operation Protocol in 1997. Since then both countries have participated in each other's international trade fairs and have exchanged a number of trade and investment missions. The delegation held meetings with officials from the Turkish Industry and Trade Ministry and the private sector.

In a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Dr. Apraku gave the assurance that in spite of the political change in the country the government will continue to deal with Turkey.

The Ghanaian minister touched on the imbalance in trade between the two countries and the need for Turkish companies to increase their imports from Ghana to correct this. He then expressed Ghana's desire to learn from the Turkish experience and technology.

Source: Accra Mail