President John Mahama last night left Accra for a three-day state visit to Qatar.
He is expected to make a strong pitch for Qatari investments into Ghana’s energy sector and also in the construction of an integrated aluminum refinery in Ghana, during his three-day visit.
A statement signed by the Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson, Ben Dotsei Malor stated that President Mahama will meet the Ruler of the State of Qatar, His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for discussions centered on strengthening Ghana’s relations with Qatar, including specific investment proposals for boosting the energy sector.
President Mahama is also scheduled to hold meetings with Qatar’s Minister for Energy and Industry, the Head of Qatar International Petroleum, the Managing Director of Qatar Iron & Steel Industry, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Investment Authority, as well as the leadership of the Qatar Foundation, which promotes world class tertiary education and philanthropic causes.
The objectives of the President’s state visit to Qatar according to the statement is aimed at achieving “energy security, stability and affordability for Ghanaians, and also make Ghana the energy hub for West Africa.”
The statement pointed out that “Qatar’s development path and experiences offer valuable lessons for Ghana’s economic transformation, in view of the points of commonality between the two nations, especially in the oil and gas sector, petro-chemicals, hotels and hospitality, education, agriculture and agro-business.”
The Minister-designate for Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, and the Chief Executive Officers of the Volta River Authority (VRA), GridCo and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, (GIPC), as well as other senior officials will be accompanying the President.
He will return to Accra on Tuesday, December 2.
source : citifmonline.com