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Akufo-Addo commends France for assistance to Ghana

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended France for assisting Ghana, especially in the area of security, with the hope that the bilateral relationship between the two countries will help bring massive development into the country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended France for assisting Ghana, especially in the area of security, with the hope that the bilateral relationship between the two countries will help bring massive development into the country.

The President, who was the guest of honour at the laying of the First Stone Ceremony, Friday, for the construction of the new French Embassy in Ghana, acknowledged the important role France had and continued to play in Ghana’s economy.

"Our country continues to benefit from France's support in sectors such as health, rural water supply, agriculture, construction, telecommunications and industry, to which we are grateful," the President noted.

He continued: "In recent times, Ghana and France have increased collaboration in security matters for the maintenance of peace and security through technical exchanges with the Military and Police Service. France agreed to support the African Union, the development of this collective security system, particularly the African Standby Force, and pledge financial support as well as offered to train 15,000 African troops for peacekeeping."

President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that past beneficial initiatives between the two nations, like the Ghana France Chamber of Commerce, which succeeded the conception of Club Lutece as well as the recent flight commencement between Paris and Accra, had brought 170 projects to the nation.

To this end, the President welcomed more French companies to consider doing business in Ghana.

The French Ambassador, Francois Pujolas, also thanked the President for his presence, noting the ceremony symbolized the partnership between Ghana and France.

He said the new Chancellery would be built by contractors from the two countries, although they are culturally and linguistically different.

“Mr President, let me invite you in 18 months to come back and to inaugurate this new building of the French Embassy,” Mr Pujolas said.

The new building, slated to be completed by July 2018, was designed by French architect Claude Guyon who explained that the location of the new French Embassy, which will be at the current site of Residence of the French Ambassador, is remarkable based on the architecture of the residence and the botanical features of the park.

After the presentation of miniature model of the future embassy, President Nana Akufo-Addo laid the first stone of the new building, to cement the cordial relation between Ghana and France.