His Excellency the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Sugandh Rajaram has paid a courtesy call on H.E. the President’s Representative at the Volta Regional Co-ordinating Council, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa at the Volta Regional Coordinating Council, Ho as part of a 5-Day Visit to the Volta Region.
The High Commissioner who had assumed office in the country the previous year began his Regional Visits in September same year.
During an interaction with Dr. Letsa, H.E. the High Commissioner intimated that the cooperation between India and Ghana should not seem to be limited to or centralized in Accra. He stated the co-operation should extend to the regional and local levels.
He indicated that India and Ghana share similar challenges, thus the solutions being adopted by India could be applicable to Ghana.
He posited that India has developed appropriate technologies for rural and agricultural development which could be useful to Ghana.
H.E. the High Commissioner was appreciative of the warm reception he received from the Council and the people of the Region on his arrival.
Dr. Letsa, on his part, welcomed H.E. the High Commissioner and expressed the appreciation of the Council for the relationship that exists between the High Commission and the Council as well as the support the Council receives from the High Commission.
Dr. Letsa was optimistic that the Volta Region will be the top priority of the High Commission in terms of cooperation and support.
In light of the above, he stated that India could be of great support to the Region in relation to the implementation of the One District One Factory initiative of government.
Dr. Letsa pointed out that as H.E. the High Commissioner would be interacting with members of Association of Ghana Industries in the Region and other stakeholders, he would get a better understanding of some of the challenges facing the above stakeholders, which would invariably enable him to solicit support of the Indian Government and business community in addressing them through collaboration and partnership. In particular, Dr. Letsa acknowledged the great potential of the Region in terms of agriculture and agro-processing as areas that need collaboration and partnership.
Dr. Letsa also requested a link between the business community in the Region and the Indian Business Community in Ghana.
H.E. the High Commissioner assured Dr. Letsa that the High Commission and the Co-ordinating Council would work together to host a Regional Indian Business Forum as an avenue for promoting interaction between Indian Community and the Business Community in the Region.
Dr. Letsa was hopeful that the Council would have a good relationship with H.E. the High Commissioner as a consolidation of the relationship it had with his predecessor, as Dr. Letsa assured him of his safety during his short stay in the Region.
Among the officials present at the event were the Co-ordinating Council, Mr. Prosper Afenyo; the Regional Economic Planning Officer, Rev. Isaac Adza-Tettey; Hon. Municipal Chief Executive for Ho, Mr. Prosper Pi-Bansah; Hon. District Chief Executive for Adaklu, Mr. Phanuel Kadey Donkor, and the Hon. District Chief Executive for Ho West, Mr. Ernest Victor Appau.