A five-member delegation from Lithuania, last Friday, paid a courtesy call on the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu at the Parliament House in Accra.


The delegation comprised His Excellency Linas Linkevicius, Foreign Minister of Lithuania; Mr Arturas Roskoviskis, Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Accra; Ms Audrone  Markeviciene, Head of Africa Division, Department for Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific; Ms Asta Slavinskaite, Head of the Export and Investment Promotion Division, Department for External Relations; and Mr Giedrius Vitkauskas, a journalist from the Lithuanaian National Radio and Television.


The meeting discussed ways of improving 25 years of existing diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Ghana.


It also afforded the opportunity to share ideas about common areas of interest and to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations to promote the common agenda of the two countries.


Mr Linas Linkevicius, who led the team, pledged Lithuania’s readiness for more reconnaissance exercises and stressed the need for a Ghana-Africa-European Union collaboration to create more jobs and investments, transfer technologies and education, and for IT expansion.


In a statement to welcome the delegation, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, said Ghana would tap the knowledge and expertise of Lithuania in areas such as renewable energy, cyber security, trade and agriculture, especially in the production of fertiliser to increase the yield of Ghanaian farmers.


Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu noted that despite the multi-party nature of Ghana’s Parliament, there was a noticeable strong tradition of respect and co-operation between the majority and minority.


The Minority Leader and Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, in a statement, suggested to the team to assist the Electoral Commission of Ghana to build a robust IT Infrastructure to enable the timely collation of election results.


Hon. Iddrisu expressed the hope that the up-coming EU Youth Summit would address the unemployment challenge facing Ghana as well as how the EU related to Ghana in the development of a strong manufacturing sector, especially for fertiliser because Ghana did not make a lot of use of fertiliser for cocoa and other farmers.


In his remarks, the Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Hon. Clement Apaak, said there was the need for exchanges in the area of education because it was only when the peoples of the two countries understood their cultures and traditions as well as their natural and cultural factors that motivated behaviours that progress could be made as partners.


Source: ISD (Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah)