A delegation led by Hon. Sir Louis Straker, Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce met with senior government officials from the Republic of Ghana for the fifth preparatory meeting towards the First Session of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Accra, Ghana.
Hon. Saboto Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour presented on issues and areas for cooperation in the production of root crops, breadfruit and ackee – as well as in fisheries and cocoa technology.
Caesar explained that with St. Vincent and the Grenadines cementing itself as the ‘bread basket’ of the Southern Caribbean, there must be a deepening of the diversification process. “We must ensure that when it comes to food, SVG must be the country where you can get the supply of the widest variety of commodities.”
His Excellency Ambassador Ellsworth John (Non-Resident Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the Republic of Ghana) and Mrs. Sandy Peters-Phillips (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce) also presented on the ABCD Commission for the advancement of trading opportunities and ‘people to people’ exchanges.
The delegation participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 between both states at the First Session of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. At the Session, opportunities for tourism, culture, investment, trade, agriculture and youth development were discussed.
The official visit to Ghana commenced on Monday, February 10, 2020 and will end on Friday, February 14.
For further information, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce at telephone number 456 2060.
[Press release from the Agency for Public Information]