The Deputy Minister for International Affairs & Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong (MP), led Ghana’s delegation to the 2022 Nordic-African International Ministers’ Assembly (NAFM) held in Helsinki, Finland from thirteenth to fifteenth June 2022.
Different members of Ghana’s delegation included Ghana’s Ambassador to Finland, H.E. Mrs. Jennifer Lartey, Director for the Europe Bureau, the Ministry of International Affairs & Regional Integration, Mrs. Matilda
Alomatu Osei-Agyeman, Deputy Director on the Workplace of the Deputy Minister, Mr. Charles Osei-Mensah, Minister Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Ghana’s Embassy in Norway, Mr. Charles Kwakye-Marfo and Counsellor for Political and Financial Affairs, Ghana’s Embassy in Norway, Mr. Arthur Mills.
The International Ministers’ assembly is an annual occasion that serves as a chance for an open and casual dialogue between African and Nordic international locations on a wide range of international coverage and world points associated to peace and safety, funding and commerce, and avenues for realising the potential of the youth.
The 2022 NAFM was held underneath three thematic areas, particularly peace and safety; sustainable societies and cooperation in multilateral fora.
Through the Discussion board, Ghana made a number of interventions on peace and safety within the West African sub-region, maritime safety and Ghana’s position as a non-permanent member of the UN Safety Council.
The Deputy Minister of International Affairs famous that in Africa, actions of Terrorist Armed Teams/Violent extremist Organisations (TAGs/VEOs) have turn into extra widespread, frequent and lethal with their underlying dynamics rising more and more advanced and posing excessive dangers to coastal international locations together with Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
To handle this problem and to stop conditions of battle, he urged the necessity to strengthen Early
Warning Methods (EWS) by making a system that continually collects, screens and analyses information that alerts decision-makers of the potential outbreak, escalation and resurgence of violent conflicts.
He added that figuring out Early Warning Methods alone shouldn’t be sufficient to cease conflicts.
He indicated that it may solely be helpful whether it is strongly linked to Early Response Mechanisms together with preventive diplomacy, mediation, and peace-making dialogues amongst others and in addition famous that the hole between Early Warning and Early Response is what has typically escalated crises conditions into violent conflicts.
On the margins of the assembly, Ghana held three (3) bilateral conferences with Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Discussions centered on additional deepening the cordial relations that exist between Ghana and the three (3) respective international locations.
Through the assembly with Finland, each international locations mentioned the necessity to collaborate on a variety of areas together with round economic system, sustainable improvement, peace and safety points, local weather points, schooling (notably TVET) and well being.
The spotlight of the bilateral assembly between Ghana and Finland was the signing of an MoU to ascertain political consultations within the areas of round economic system, clear expertise, agriculture, ICT, manufacturing, vitality, digitization, schooling, and well being, amongst others.
The Deputy Minister famous that the signing of the MoU which comes on the heels of the passage of Finland’s Nationwide Africa Technique was well timed because it offered the framework for the 2 international locations to have interaction in clear dialogue and interplay and transfer relations between each international locations ahead within the spirit of friendship and cooperation
The Minister for International Affairs of Finland, H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto signed the MoU on behalf of Finland whereas Hon. Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong (MP) signed on behalf of Ghana.