Ghana is working together to establish a chocolate processing factory in Rwanda to boost trade and investment between the two countries.
As part of the partnership, Ghana will provide processed organic cocoa in the form of cocoa nibs or cocoa liquor.
Rwanda will also establish a formulation plant in Ghana for the production of organic pyrethrum pesticides for crop protection, veterinary use and public health.
This will help reduce transport costs and bring affordable organic produce closer to Ghanaian farmers.
The head of the Rwanda Development Board’s tourism and conversation department revealed this on Saturday as part of the recommendations of the Ghana-Rwanda familiarization tours between the two countries.
Ms. Ariella Kageruka said the two countries have agreed to undertake collaborative research on pyrethrum and cocoa to ensure better yields for the benefit of farming communities in Rwanda and Ghana.
“In order to facilitate easier access to the markets of Rwanda and Ghana, we recommend the urgent establishment of a memorandum of understanding between the product registration and the standardization agencies of the two countries,” she said. declared.
Ghanaian officials between March 14-20, 2021 undertook a familiarization tour of Rwanda while a 32-member delegation of Rwandan officials also visited Ghana from June 13-20, 2021 to explore business opportunities.
The two countries have also agreed to forge partnerships between tourism stakeholders to develop joint Rwanda – Ghana packages for international tourism.
Other areas to explore include the creative art industry, travel and hospitality industry, education, culture and agriculture.
The Special Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Nana Sarfo Kantanka, said the two countries are proud of the product of great leadership and are committed to maintaining the relationship to bring sustainable development to citizens.
He said that the political environment to be led by the two countries was essential for achieving these partnerships to boost trade and investment.
The Special Adviser called for support from stakeholders for the collaboration to be successful, adding that Ghana-Rwanda had set the tone for others to follow.
Afua Asabea Asare, director general of Ghana’s Export Promotion Authority, said the collaboration between the two countries was the start of a journey to explore more business opportunities.
She called for a commitment between the two countries to make the partnership work, saying “we need to operationalize these concepts to be successful.”
Mr. Akwasi Agyemang, Managing Director of the Ghana Tourism Authority, said the government has laid a good foundation and tasked private sector operators to make the partnership work.
He said multi-destination tourism was needed to position the African brand on the global map.
Dr Aisa Krabo Kacyira, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Ghana, congratulated Ghana on its warm welcome, describing it as a passionate moment to defend the dignity of Africa.
She was convinced that the collaboration would succeed in ensuring the effective realization of the African Continental Free Trade Area.