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Chile to establish embassy in Ghana

By Lawrence Quartey
Posted on Thursday, 12 July 2012 18:26

Chile is to establish a diplomatic mission in Ghana, the Vice Foreign Minister of the South American country announced on Wednesday in Accra.

Fernando Schmidt Ariztia, in Ghana on a working visit said, “We are fully convinced that there is space for creating new frontiers in our diplomatic relations.

“Chile has the necessity to reach the African continent, during the last years we haven’t been able to strengthen trade relations, as other countries in Latin America had. We need to overcome this situation” he stated.

Ariztia said the establishment of the embassy was relevant at this time because Chile needed to have a more consistent Africa policy from both the political and economic points of view.

Chile has the broadest networks of free trade agreements, and Ariztia believes it is perfectly possible that Ghanaian products can reach Asian markets through Chile.

He said it was possible to forge partnerships in the area of mining and energy.

In Africa, Chile has embassies only in Kenya and South Africa.

Ghana’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Chris Kpodo said the establishment of the embassy would give both countries an opportunity to relate more closely as well as promote economic activities between them.

“Latin America is far away from us but it shouldn’t be far, with the Chilean embassy coming to Ghana, we are getting closer and we’re giving more meaning to the south-south cooperation that we all cherish.

“Although Ghana and Chile have very good relations, it has unfortunately not been translated into concrete cooperation and collaboration and the visit of my colleague indicates the renewal of the commitment to develop these relations to our mutual benefit,” he stated.

He said areas of collaboration would include trade, investment, oil and gas and mining.

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