PRESS RELEASE 031
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs travels to Guinea (Conakry) and Ghana
23/02/2021

The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach, begins a trip tomorrow to Guinea (Conakry) and Ghana, thus ensuring geographic continuity and political coherence to the visits made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, to Senegal in November 2020 and by the State secretary to Gambia in December last year.

This visit, to be made from 24 to 26 February, will begin in Guinea (Conakry), following the re-election of the President, Alpha Condé, for his third term of office, which opens up a political horizon to further develop the bilateral agenda. This visit particularly seeks to continue developing cooperation with the authorities of Guinea (Conakry) on the effective and orderly management of migratory flows, seeking collaboration with the countries of origin, transit and destination of migrants. In this regard, she will meet with the Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Ibrahima Khalil Kaba, and for Security and Civil Protection, Albert Damantang Camara, before visiting the Jean-Paul II Immigrant Transit Centre Hospital, supported by the joint initiative of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU), to witness first-hand one of the tools to manage migratory flows in Guinea.

This visit also seeks to institutionally support emerging Spanish private investment in Guinea (Conakry). To that end, the State secretary will take part in the Guinea Investment Forum, where she will participate in the round-table entitled “Investing in the digital economy: impacts on sustainable development”. Subsequently, the State secretary will meet with the Ministers for Investment, Gabriel Curtis; for Crop and Livestock Farming, Roger Patrick Millimono; for Tourism, Hotels and Crafts, Salla Fanta Fanyi Camara; and for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Maritime Economy, Frederic Louah from the Government of Guinea. She will also hold a meeting with Spanish business owners. Finally, she is due to be given an audience by the President of the Republic, Alpha Condé.

As regards her visit to Ghana, it is noteworthy that this visit responds to the consideration of Ghana under the 3rd Africa Plan as one of the priority countries for Spanish external action in Sub-Sharan Africa. In this regard, due to its democratic credentials, institutional stability and regional prestige, Spain considers Ghana to be one of its privileged partners for dialogue, not just in West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, but on the whole African continent.

To that end, and in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2005 between the two countries, the trip will serve to hold political consultations to address the main issues on the bilateral agenda, and accordingly the State secretary will meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

Given the economic potential of the country, the State secretary will meet with the Minister for Trade, Alan Kyerematen, and will hold a meeting with Spanish companies present in the country to convey the support of the Government of Spain and enquire after their activities in the region.

Furthermore, and making the best use of Ghana’s Rotating Presidency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and of the fact that Accra will be the headquarters of the Secretariat of  AfCFTA (the African Continental Free Trade Area), they will address multilateral and security issues in the region, particularly in the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea. Furthermore, and in line with Spain’s commitment to the effective control of migratory flows, the State secretary will also meet with the Minister for Home Affairs of Ghana, Ambrose Drey.

Finally, and given Spain’s commitment to a feminist foreign policy, as contained in the draft Foreign Action Strategy, the State secretary will hold a meeting with women leaders of civil society in both countries.

 

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