The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, says Ghana is committed to deepening ties with Burkina Faso. Therefore, he said, the government was undertaking a number of projects to further improve the relations between the two countries.
Some of the projects, he said, were the railway interconnectivity project linking Ghana and Burkina Faso, designed to ensure greater cross-border trade and regional integration.
“Ghana is also committed to ensuring greater bilateral relations with her northern neighbour through the 225 kilovolts Bolgatanga to Ouagadougou power interconnection project, which will see up to 100 megawatts of power supplied directly to Burkina Faso from Ghana,’’ he said.
The Vice-President gave the assurance when Mr Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Burkina Faso, called on him at the Jubilee House, Accra on Friday.
Mr Barry was in Ghana for the closing ceremony of the 12th Session of the Ghana-Burkina Faso Permanent Joint Session for Cooperation.
The session discussed a number of topics, including Political, Security, Legal and Diplomatic Relations; Economic, Trade and Investments; Energy and Infrastructure; and Agriculture, Water Resources and Environment.
According to a statement from the Jubilee House, sent to the Daily Graphic in Accra on Friday, Dr Bawumia emphasised the need to integrate critical infrastructure linking the two countries, such as projects that had the capacity to remove supply-side constraints and enhance the competitiveness of the two countries.
For his part, Mr Barry lauded the cordial relationship between Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Burkina Faso’s President, Mr Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, which has further deepened the already friendly relations between the governments and people of both countries.