President Pranab Mukherjee's Upcoming Visit To Ghana, Ivory Coast And Namibia

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will embark on a six-day visit to Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia from June 12, 2016.

Online PR News – 10-June-2016 – New Delhi – Post-success of the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit, held in October last year, India - a leading emerging economy in the world has revealed to the whole world that this country is steadfast to build a stronger relationship with Africa.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will embark on a six-day visit to Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia from June 12, 2016.
THE TIMES OF AFRICA is a part of media delegation accompanying the Indian President to these three countries.

Earlier, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari concluded his five-day visit to the North-African countries of Morocco and Tunisia during which he met the top leadership of the two countries and deliberated a range of issues of mutual interest. India and Morocco signed two MoUs on cultural cooperation and institutional training.

This will be first ever visit of the Indian President to Ivory Coast after both countries established diplomatic relations, while it will be the first at the highest level in over two decades to Namibia.

The President will have meetings with the respective Heads of three nations and a number of bilateral agreements are also expected to be signed during the visit.

President Mukherjee will arrive in Ghana’s capital Accra on June 12 on a two-day visit and will be received by the Vice President Mr. Amissah-Arthur.

He will have meeting with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama. The two countries may sign agreements on a joint Commission and renewal of Cultural Exchange Programme.

President Mukherjee will address a Joint Business Forum and the students and faculty of University of Ghana besides having an interaction with the Indian community at a reception planned at the Indian High Commission. He will also unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi gifted by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations. He is likely to visit India-Ghana Kofi Annan Centre of ICT Excellence in Accra, set up with modest Indian assistance of $2.86 million.

Worth to mention, the Flagstaff House, also known as the "Golden Jubilee House", is the presidential palace in Accra made by Indian company Shapoorji Pallonji. The building's original name was changed from Jubiliee House to Flagstaff House.
In the second leg of his visit starting June 14, the President will arrive in Abidjan, largest city of Cote d’Ivoire. He will have a meeting with Republic of Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara and also sign number of agreements.

“The agreement regarding opening of EXIM Bank Representative/Regional in Abidjan would be handed over in presence of both the Presidents. The President would address a Joint Business Forum and also interact with the Indian Community,” a statement said.

In the last leg of his visit, President Mukherjee will arrive in the Namibian capital Windhoek on June 15. Discussions will be held on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. President Mukherjee will also address a joint session of Parliament of Namibia, an India-Namibia Business event, and the Namibian University of Science and Technology, it said.