South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Accra on Saturday to begin a two day tour of Ghana where he is being hosted by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The visit is part of his ongoing four-nation visit to West Africa. He has already visited Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire, and will wrap the tour up with a visit to Senegal.
According to the South African presidency, Ramaphosa’s visit to Ghana is directed towards enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations.
The two countries have enjoyed warm relations for years enabling bilateral cooperation across a range of sectors, including trade and investment.
Ramaphosa’s visit will culminate in an inaugural session of the Bi-National Commission.
The South African President and his Ghanaian counterpart will use the visit to elevate the structural bilateral mechanism from the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation and inaugurate the South Africa-Ghana Bi-National Commission to be chaired by the Heads of State and Government.
President Ramaphosa is scheduled to lay wreaths on Sunday at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the final resting place for the founding father of the African Union and Ghana’s first President and the late First Lady Fathia Nkrumah.
He will also later on Sunday address the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum to further explore new areas of economic, trade and investment cooperation, especially in Ghana’s key sectors such as roads and railway infrastructure, mining, energy, manufacturing and agro-processing, to the mutual benefit of both countries.
Upon the completion of his Ghana visit, he will depart for Dakar, the last stop of his West African tour.