February 27, 2007
Ghana's Ambassador to Serbia with concurrent accreditation to Romania, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has presented his letters of credentials to the President of Romania.
The ceremony took place on Wednesday, 14th February, 2007 at the Cotroceni Palace of the host President, Mr. Traian Basescu.
After the presentation, Ambassador Nyaho-Tamakloe engaged Mr. Basescu in a private interaction, during which the two discussed issues of bilateral and multilateral concern.
Issues deliberated on included the renewal of the Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Ghana and Romania, increased cooperation between Romania and Ghana, Romania being a strong advocate for Ghana and Africa in the European Union, as well as the optimism about President Kufuor's ability to bring about enhanced peace, security and stability on the African continent during his tenure as Chairman of the African Union.
The Romanian President assured Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe that Romania was ready to open its doors to Ghanaian students to further their studies in Romania universities and institutions of higher learning. He expressed the hope that during the tenure of Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, the already existing cordial relations between Romania and Ghana would be further strengthened, and assured his guest of his personal cooperation and support as well as that of his government.
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe congratulated Romania on her accession to the European Union, and conveyed his personal gratitude as well as that of the Government and the people of Ghana to the Government and the people of Romania for the support offered Ghana during last September's Summit of the Francophonie Organization in Bucharest, which ensured Ghana's admission to the Organization as an Associate Member. Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe requested his host to consider renewing the Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation which Romania and Ghana once shared and benefited from.
He responded favourably to that request and gave an assurance of the support of Romania, working through the European Union, to Ghana in particular and the African Union in general of which President Kufuor is the current Chairman.
Dr. Nyhao-Tamakloe presented his Open Letters of Credence to the State Secretary responsible for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Valentin Naumescu, at the Romanian Foreign Ministry. Discussions that followed the presentation centered on the very issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation that were raised with the President of Romania, Mr. Traian Basescu.
Areas identified for increased cooperation between the two countries include civil engineering/construction, manufacturing and the construction industries, among others.
The State Secretary also extolled Ghana's democratic values and the economic gains made all of which was attributed to the prudent policies of the government in power.
Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe explained the current foreign policy emphasis of 'economic diplomacy' noting that it did not only require Ghana's Missions abroad to attract the necessary investment into Ghana but also to bring in quality human capital as well as scientific and technological know-how to help transform the economy into a middle income one.