FOREIGN ENVOYS PAY COURTESY CALLS ON INTERIOR MINISTER
Tuesday, 7th February, 2017
H. E. Sun Baohong, Chinese Ambassador making a point during her call on the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery
The Chinese, the Columbian Ambassadors and the British High Commissioner to Ghana called on the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery (MP), in his office today, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and congratulated him on his appointment as a new Minister for the Interior and to discuss issues of mutual benefit to each country.
The objectives of the meeting were:
• Congratulate the Minister and forge better collaboration and cooperation between the three countries
• To discuss the socio-economic situation in the country
• The security situation in the country, and
• The Involvement of Chinese nationals in illegal mining.
The Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Sun Baohong said China had cooperated with Ghana since independence, especially, in the area of capacity building and that that her country would continue to assist the Security Agencies. “China is ready to support Ghana as it has done in the past”, she concluded.
She appealed for the protection of Chinese investors in the country, especially in the Kumasi and Tema in the Ashanti and Greater Accra Regions respectively where some unfortunate incidences have befallen Chinese nationals.
H. E. Claudia Turbay Quintero, Columbian Ambassador to Ghana, called for greater collaboration between the Government of Ghana and that of Columbia especially in the areas of security, drug law enforcement, human trafficking, dog training and in commerce.
She said the Columbia Embassy, was opened for the first time in three and half years ago in Ghana and serves as the hub for all the countries in West African sub-Region where she is accredited to.
The British High Commissioner, H.E. Jon Benjamin also congratulated Hon. Ambrose Dery on his appointment as the new Minister for the Interior and assured him of continues support to the Prisons and the Police Services in the country.
The Minister for the Interior in response said, the Security Agencies needed all the security training needs to continue to build their capacity and was happy that the envoys would continue collaboration and cooperation with Ghana. He noted that, the fight against terrorism is a collective responsibility and sharing of information is vital.
Minister Dery mentioned that, there must be intelligence and information sharing to build the capacity of the Security network in Ghana. He was happy for the desire expressed by the envoys to assist the Ghana Police Service in Forensic laboratory which will go a long way to enable the Police prosecution build solid and credible evidence in the fight against crime in the country and the sub-region.