SA, Ghana to grow relations

South Africa and Ghana will grow their trade and political relations when Ministers from the two countries meet this week.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her Ghanaian counterpart will co-chair the two-day 4th Session of the Permanent Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) in Accra, which begins on Thursday.

The PJCC is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of mining, retail, insurance, transport, tourism, banking, telecommunication, construction, services, franchising, manufacturing, fishing, advertising, aviation and energy.

The Ministers will also utilise the PJCC to discuss regional, continental and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

South Africa's economic ties with Ghana have strengthened steadily since the countries established formal diplomatic relations in May 1994. As such, there are more than 61 registered South African companies operating in Ghana.

These include MTN, AngloGold Ashanti, Goldfields, Shoprite, Woolworths, Game, Group Five, Stanbic Bank, SABMiller, Engen, Hytec Engineering, Afripa Telecom, African Explosives Limited, Alliance Media, Steeledale, Sherwood, Steers, SAA, 3M South Africa, and Multichoice.

Source: Government Communication and information System