Parliament, Czech Republic Urged to Forge Closer Collaboration

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Speaker Mike Oquaye presenting a gift to Madam Majita Fosuva, Ambassador of the Czech Republic

Czech Republic Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Madam Majita Fosuva, has appealed for more close relationship between Parliament and her country.

According to her, the Central European country has established connections with Ghana in a number of endeavors including agriculture, internal and external security, trade and industry among others and noted that what is missing is a much closer collaboration with the Ghana Parliament, which is the base of bilateral relationships.

Madam Majita Fosuva made the call when she paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, the Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye at Parliament House.

She argued that the two countries have already laid strong basis for cementing their relationship in view of the fact that Ghana is among four sub-Saharan countries that have established permanent embassies in the Czech Republic since the 1960s.

She indicated that her country is collaborating with the government of Ghana in a number of sectors as mentioned above and stressed that the Czech Republic is also very interested and involved in government’s programmes of One District-One Factory (1D1F) and One Village One Dam (1V1D).

She noted that business persons from the Central European country were among the first investors to visit Ghana in the early 1960s and stressed that one of the biggest investments from that time, a shoe factory in Kumasi, is still operational.

Madam Fosuva indicated that the Czech Republic and Ghana still have strong ties in the education sector with the European country offering scholarships to Ghanaian students to study in various subjects in Europe.

She stated, “The Czech Republic is interested in increasing its relationship and cooperation with your government in the area of education in view of the importance of the sector to human development and advancement.”

The Ambassador mentioned that another area that has seen growing partnership between the two countries is culture and hailed the expansive cultural diversity of Ghana.

She revealed that the University of Ghana Dance Company was offered the opportunity to showcase various Ghanaian cultures to the entire Czech Republic during a tour that lasted two months.

Madame Majita Fosuva afterwards extended an invitation to Speaker Mike Oquaye to visit and participate in the independence celebration of the Republic later this year.

The Speaker, in his remarks, confirmed the long-term cordial relationship that exist between the two countries since the 60s and related that Ghanaian students have always been excited to visit the Czech Republic to pursue higher education, especially in the field of science.

He lamented, however, that the initial giant steps between the two states in the field of science education has not been successful as would have wished for and called for new and closer collaboration in the field.

He urged the Ambassador to extend some of the scholarships to Members of Parliament to offer to deserving students of their constituencies to study in the Czech Republic and added that this would be a fine recovery process to re-establish the good relationships of the old times between the two nation states.

By Osumanu Al-Hassan/uthmanhass@gmail.com

 

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