Ghana & Denmark sign agreement to step-up Climate Change

Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen (L) and President Akufo-Addo (R)

By Bright Ntramah

Ghana and Denmark have signed two climate change agreements; one on Zero Emissions in shipping and the other on Green Water Solutions for Danish projects in the country.

The diplomatic ceremony took place at the Jubilee House when the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called on President Akufo-Addo as part of her two-day visit to Accra.

President Akufo-Addo acknowledged the support extended to the African Continent for her fight against Jihadists and piracy activities by the Danish government.

Bright Ntramah reports that the visit by Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen is the first time a Danish Prime Minister has visited Ghana.

Her visit is to grace the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ghana and Denmark. The Danes see Ghana as an important partner in West Africa and the broader region, especially concerning peace and security, including maritime security, economic growth and trade.

The two leaders spoke about the need to prioritise climate change, water and sanitation as well as youth employment.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, said Ghana is an important partner in West Africa, especially concerning peace and security, including maritime security, economic growth and trade.

The Prime Minister also indicated that after 60 years of Ghana- Denmark relations, ”it is time to venture into deeper relations for the mutual benefit of the peoples of Ghana and Denmark”.

President Akufo-Addo thanked the Danish government for her support to the African Union in the areas of security.

During her visit, the Prime Minister will visit the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been deployed to the Gulf of Guinea until April 2022.

Danish contribution has the aim of improving maritime security and deterring piracy in the area, where 30-40 Danish-operated ships are present on a daily basis. The Prime Minister will also meet with Danish companies, Ghanaian CSOs and explore the extensive water cooperation between Denmark and Ghana.

Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen will also visit Tema to hear about the city-cooperation between Tema and Aarhus in Denmark, Danish Covid-19 response for UNICEF activities to improve water and sanitation, and the Commercial activities in the water sector. The Prime Minister will also visit Tema Port, a joint venture by Danish APM Terminals, Bolloré and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.

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