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Mar 28, 2013

Turkish business delegations eager to invest in Ghana - President Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday said about 10 different Turkish business delegations have visited Ghana following his trip to the eastern European country a couple of months ago.

“The continuous visit to Ghana is an indication that Turkey is indeed ready to do business with our country in the coming years,” he said.

President Mahama said this when Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuiye, Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, led another Turkish delegation to call on him at the Flagstaff House, Kanda.

The delegation, which is in Ghana at the invitation of the Mayor, was paying a reciprocal visit following the Accra Mayor’s recent visit to Turkey to negotiate for sister city relations with the Samsun City of Turkey and other bilateral cooperation.

President Mahama said Accra and other urban areas were becoming congested as a result of the rural-urban drift and, therefore, the establishment of sister-city relations with Turkish cities would provide an impetus for the Ghanaian cities to rapidly expand socio-economic amenities that would absorb the teeming growth.

He mentioned sanitation, housing and water as some of the areas of cooperation that could become beneficial and fruitful to the growth and development of both countries.

Mr Yusuf Ziya Yilmaz, Mayor of Samsun Metropolis in Turkey, expressed interest in supporting Accra and other cities in Ghana to step up housing projects for the growing population throughout the entire country.

He said Samsun City was well endowed with a number of social facilities and he would help the Accra Mayor to develop similar steps that would enhance the growth and development of the people in the Ghanaian communities.

Dr Oko Vanderpuiye said they would sign a number of agreements that would bring lasting development memories to both countries.

Source: GNA