Former Israeli Prime Minister Visits Mamfe (E/R)

The former Israeli Prime Minister, H.E Ehud Barak and his wife, Mrs Nilli Prieli have paid a visit to Mamfe- Akuapem in the Eastern Region.


A colourful durbar was organized in their honour by the divisional chiefs of Akuapeman, the Eastern Regional Minister, Hon Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere and his deputy, Ms Mavis Ama Frempong.

Also present were chiefs from the various towns in Akuapem; Ghana’s Ambassador to Israel, H.E Ernest Lomotey; the Director, Middle East Bureau-Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Worwornyo Agyeman, security personnel and some people.

Osabarima Nana Ansah Sasraku III, the chief of Mamfe, in a welcome address recounted the good relationship between Ghana and Israel. Some of which were; the training of aircraft maintenance personnel and radio technicians at Air Force Training school, setting up of the black star line shipping company and the signing of an agreement in aqua-culture in September 2009, among others.

He was of the view that Ghana would tap the great knowledge from the people of Israel in the area of technology, innovation and agriculture.

His Excellency, Ehud Barak, expressed his appreciation for the warm reception accorded him and his team. He said that the reason for coming to Ghana was to find opportunities to invest in the energy, agriculture and mining sector. 

He commended the president for his good governance, transparency and encouragement to others to invest in the country. He lauded Ghanaians for their respect for the elderly and their show of love to everyone.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Hon Antwi Boasiako-Sekyere on his part mentioned that the region had a cultural heritage, tourist sites and natural resources. 

“Last year, the country accrued 1.7 billion dollars from the visits of 1,000 people to the country and by 2016, the country would earn 8 billion dollars from the expected visits of 4,000 people,” he added.

Osabarima Nana Ansah Sasraku III, the chief of Mamfe later presented a kente cloth to H.E Ehud Barak and his wife. He also gave a carved stool with a symbolic key to the visitors.


Source: ISD (Evelyn Harvey)


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