President Pranab Mukherjee is on a six- day visit to Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia to give a new fillip to India’s relations with African countries. This visit comes after he visited China on an official visit few weeks back.
President Mukherjee is accompanied by a delegation of a Minister of State, four Parliament Members, and senior officials along with a business delegation.
Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur is expected to receive the President on his arrival with a traditional Ghanian welcome.
The President is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with respective heads of the three nations and a number of bilateral agreements are also likely to be signed during the visit.
President Mukherjee will also address a Joint Business Forum and the students and faculty of University of Ghana besides having an interaction with the Indian community at the Indian High Commission.
In the second leg of his visit starting June 14, President will arrive in Abidjan, where he will meet President Alassane Ouattara of Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and also sign a 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,” said a statement.
In the last leg, President Mukherjee will reach in the Namibian capital Windhoek on June 15. It said during the visit, discussions will be held on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.
“President Mukherjee will also address a joint session of Namibian Parliament, an India-Namibia Business event, and the Namibian University of Science and Technology,” it said.