India, Ghana pledge to enhance ties in capacity building and trade and investment


New Delhi, India and Ghana on Wednesday held high-level talks and discussed matters to enhance cooperation in development cooperation, capacity building and trade and investment among other issues. The issues figured at the delegation level talks between two sides here."Cementing our connect with Africa! External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Ghana Foreign Minister Shirley Botchwey lead the delegation-level talks. Two sides discussed enhancing cooperation in development cooperation, capacity building, trade & investment and people-to-people relationship," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted. India-Ghana relations have traditionally been warm and close, based on a common history, shared vision and values, an MEA statement said here. Ghana is one of India’s important partners in West Africa. "While bilateral trade stands at US$ 3.5 billion, other important aspects of our relations are investments (India is the second largest investor in Ghana), development partnership, defence cooperation, capacity building, cultural cooperation and people-to-people contacts," it said. There is a sizeable Indian community in Ghana numbering around 10,000. Minister for Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is on an official visit to India from July 16 to 19.