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Ghana Burkina Strengthen Bonds

Ghana and Burkina Faso have agreed to reactivate the Joint Technical Committee on Integrated Water Resource Management to oversee and manage the annual spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso in order to reduce the perennial flooding downstream.

 

They have also agreed to collaborate and establish a Joint Border Post to facilitate trade and free movement of their people, goods and services.

 

These were among a number of agreements signed between the two countries during the historic two-day visit to Ghana by the Burkinabe Leader, Roch Marc Chrisitian Kabore.

 

The two countries agreed to reinforce their cooperation in the areas of railway and road transport, agriculture, water, security, trade, works and housing and energy.

 

They further decided to work together in support of the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area under the auspices of the African Union.

 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who described the deliberations between him and President Kabore at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday, as constructive said “we have had personal meeting and meetings between delegations of both governments and have been able to cover a lot of grounds, and have no doubt when implemented would benefit our populations.”

 

He disclosed that both sides had started high level interactions to find a solution to the spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso that leads to the perennial flooding of the northern parts of Ghana, with its attendant loss of lives, property and farmlands.

 

Discussions, President Akufo-Addo said, were underway for the connection of electricity from Ghana to Burkina Faso, the transshipment of goods between the two countries, and how to deal with the Fulani herdsmen menace.

 

President Akufo-Addo indicated that the Joint Commission for Cooperation between both countries would be set up hopefully before the year ends in view of the immense benefits.

 

Ghana and Burkina Faso, he noted, shared a common history, common borders, as well as views on issues confronting West Africa and the continent, thus, it stood to reason that the two nations increased the bonds of friendship between them.

 

Responding, Mr. Kabore expressed gratitude to the Ghanaian Leader for the honour done him and for the warm reception extended to him and his delegation.

 

He pledged to ensure that the relations between Ghana and Burkina Faso are further strengthened, and assured that his government would work to bring to fruition all the agreements signed in Accra.

 

Source: ISD  Rex Mainoo Yeboah)