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Time to raise transformational leaders - Bawumia charges African leaders

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Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has called on African leaders to focus on the opportunities in education to raise transformational leaders.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has called on African leaders to focus on the opportunities in education to raise transformational leaders.

 

Dr Bawumia also emphasized the need for Africa to cut its dependence on foreign aids.

“Africans will only get the respect of the rest of the world if we emancipate ourselves economically. We don’t have to take begging bowls around the world. We should look for investment, cooperation and partnerships,” he stressed.

The vice president, who was in Mauritius as a special guest for the country’s independence anniversary celebration, made this appeal during a summit at the Africa Leadership University on Saturday.

Dr Bawumia explained that countries like Mauritius and Rwanda present shining examples of strong economies worth emulating by Ghana.

He added that the two countries are on the right path in terms of economic management.

In a related development, the government of Ghana has signed a Double Taxation Avoidance agreement with the government of Mauritius.

The countries have also set up a Ghana-Mauritius Permanent Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, as part of measures to facilitate trade between the two countries.

Ghana and Mauritius have agreed to collaborate on an Investment promotion and protection agreement to better channel investment into each other’s country, possibly via Special Investment Zones.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, signed the agreement on behalf of Ghana, while Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade signed on behalf of Mauritius.

The DTA is subject to ratification by Ghana’s Parliament.

Dr Bawumia explained that the agreements formed part of Ghana’s quest for greater cooperation with the rest of the world, especially Africa, in order to boost trade.

 “We have seen the manifestation of the first fruits of this Joint Permanent Commission with the signing of the historic double taxation agreement between Ghana and Mauritius, and we believe that this will provide a platform to give confidence to investors both in Ghana and Mauritius to undertake investments in our respective countries and not be taxed twice by our respective governments. We believe this is just the beginning of our cooperation,” Dr Bawumia indicated.

“Our government believes very strongly there has to be more trade within the African continent and among countries of the South. There has to be more investment, and more cooperation. We are happy to note that this type of cooperation that we seek is being manifested, especially recently in our relationship with Mauritius, in the area of trying to set up Ghana as an International Financial Services Centre in the West African Sub region,” he added.

Prime Minister of Mauritius, Anerood Jugnauth, announced that a number of framework agreements had also been reviewed, including the setting up of a Technology Park at Dawa in the Greater Accra region, and investments in the energy and tourism sectors.

“We have also agreed to pursue consultations on two project proposals submitted by Mauritius, namely, the setting up of a solar energy power generation, and a tourism and hospitality project providing for the construction of a coastal resort in Ghana.”

“Cooperation between the Public Utility Regulatory Commission and Mauritius was also discussed,” Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth disclosed.

The Ghanaian delegation included Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communication; Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development; Reginald Grant, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, and other senior government officials.