To deepen the strategic ties between the two countries, the Governments of Ghana and Guyana have signed a Framework Agreement on Co-operation. The agreement has been designed to actualize the growing strategic partnership between the two countries. This was coming at time a high level engagements between the two countries were ongoing. As part of the engagement was a three-day official visit to Ghana by the Vice-President of Guyana, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, followed a few weeks later by a three-day visit by Ghana’s Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to Guyana.
Aside from the agreement, a number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) in the petroleum and investment promotion sectors were also signed on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Georgetown, Guyana.
The signing of the Framework Agreement was witnessed by the Vice-Presidents of both countries.
Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Thomas Mbomba, signed the Framework Agreement on behalf of the Government for Ghana, while Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Hilton Todd, signed on behalf of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
Mr Mbomba also signed on behalf of the Petroleum Commission of Ghana, a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the petroleum sector, with the Ministry of Natural Resources of Guyana, represented by Vickram Bharrat.
Also, Alex Dadey, Board Chairman of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), signed an MoU on Mutual Cooperation In Investment Promotion with the Guyana Office for Investment, represented by Peter R. Ramsaroop, Chief Investment Officer and CEO of Guyana Office for Foreign and Local Investments.
The parties to the Framework Agreement seek to promote cooperation with the objective of contributing to the development of their resources, by making efforts to ensure that the programmes and projects resulting from the Agreement are in accordance with the policy and development plan in the respective countries. This is also an additional support to their internal efforts to attain the objectives of social and economic development.
The cooperation includes exchange of information; professional training through programmes of visits, or specialized courses by the granting of scholarships for technical and professional specialization; implementation of joint projects of technical co-operation in areas of mutual interest; exchange of professionals and technicians; supply of equipment and material needed for the implementation of specific projects; and any other form of co-operation to be agreed upon by the two countries.
The Agreement is valid for a period of five years, and shall be renewed automatically for successive periods of equal duration unless the parties mutually agree otherwise or either of them terminates it in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement.
Under the Petroleum pact, Ghana’s Petroleum Commission and the Ministry of Natural Resources of Guyana agreed to work with each other to achieve areas of collaboration in furtherance of the Framework Agreement. The scope of collaboration, they agreed, may be in the areas of Legal, Fiscal and Technical support services, non-Technical support and assistance, and any other petroleum related areas.
Among others, the Petroleum Commission is to use its expertise and resources to support Guyana to develop its national competencies to enable it efficiently manage the Petroleum Sector; evaluate and establish future partnership opportunities with the Commission and other relevant entities in Ghana to ensure continued collaboration between the two countries; and provide certain consulting and project management services and other activities.
On its part, GIPC has agreed to work with its Guyanese counterpart to cooperate and create conducive relations aimed at supporting trade and investment promotion activities in each other’s country. The two parties also agreed to set up information sharing mechanisms to facilitate regular exchange of information on economic and trade developments in their respective countries, including laws and regulations, policy measures, industrial standards and trends, market analysis reports, exhibitions and forums, trade leads as well as investment projects and opportunities in both countries.
The Centre has also agreed to, among other things, organize business, trade and/or investment delegations to the country of either Party and in the same manner support, facilitate or assist similar visiting business, trade and / or investment delegations organized by the other Party and to co-host agreed mutually beneficial events including economic and trade policy dialogues between relevant government agencies and business delegations in Ghana and Guyana.