Index - Domestic - János Áder gives a special role to Ghana

The Hungarian head of state arrived in Africa on Wednesday morning for a multi-day official visit. He met with the Ghanaian president in Accra on Thursday.

Hungary’s Africa policy gives Ghana a prominent role in a region with strong economic growth and promising economic growth.

– MTI quotes János Áder.

The President of the Republic said that during their meeting, the areas of co-operation aimed at further expanding the foreign economic relations of the two countries and benefiting both parties were discussed.

The two countries have similar goals. We are in a community of values, both countries have turned their backs on the authoritarian past and established a democratic government that respects the rule of law and human rights.

Akufo-Addo emphasized.

The politician stated that they had confirmed their intention to cooperate with János Áder in the fields of trade, pharmaceutical industry, infocommunication, water management and environmental protection. They also agreed to set up a joint economic joint committee to assist bilateral projects.

The President of Ghana thanked Hungary for its support in making the African country a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

They addressed the security policy challenges in the Sahel, that the presence of jihadist forces is a serious problem that poses a serious threat to African states. Akufo-Addo stressed that Ghana said the presence of UN peacekeepers in the region could not be reduced or even increased.

In Ghana, the largest wastewater treatment plant in the country, built with state-of-the-art technology, was handed over in 2021, with Hungarian participation in Kumasi, and two more such investments are now underway, also with Hungarian participation. This is a significant help, as it can reduce the number of diseases transmitted by polluted water.

– emphasized János Áder at the press conference after the trial.

The parties pointed out that two agricultural sample farms have already been established in Ghana with Hungarian help, which can be followed by others. János Áder emphasized that Hungary can be of great help in seed breeding processes and in the cultivation of plants that are well adapted to the climates of different countries, so this area could be a new field of cooperation between the two countries in the future.

The President of the Republic added that Hungary has serious technologies not only in the treatment of wastewater, but also in the treatment of drinking water. With Hungarian container technology, it is possible to purify drinking water in areas isolated from the world where there is not much infrastructure. By desalination of seawater, it is also possible to supply smaller settlements with drinking water of adequate quality with this Hungarian development.

We agreed that the XXI. century will be a century of water, without good quality and quantity of water, neither the supply of the population, nor the development of industry, nor the expansion of the economy is conceivable

He added.

The negotiating partners also discussed the expansion of educational relations between the two countries, and agreed on the importance of expanding the scholarship system. This is proved by the fact that the number of students coming to Hungary from Ghana has increased three and a half times in the last 5 years.

János Áder is the first President of the Republic of Hungary to visit Ghana since the change of regime. The Hungarian politician visits the NewillAcademy school in Koforidia, for the renovation of which Hungary Helps has also contributed. In Kumasi, he visits the wastewater treatment plant built by the Pureco company with Hungarian expertise.

(Cover image: Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo receives President János Áder on his official visit to the Presidential Palace in Accra, Jubilee House, January 13, 2022. Photo: Noémi Bruzák / MTI)

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