The current year is exceptionally important for both Finland and Ghana. While Finland clocks up 100 years as an independent nation, Ghana celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and the diplomatic relations between the two countries reach the ripe age of 40 years.
The 60th anniversary of Ghana was celebrated in Finland on 9 March at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, with a symposium focusing on development, trade and investment. The event brought together diplomats and other officials, businesses, academia and non-governmental organizations. The participants looked for ways to strengthen cooperation between Finland and Ghana in the areas of power, health, education, and forestry.
While trade between Finland and Ghana remains relatively modest, there is growing interest among Finnish companies towards Ghana. Director Jouko Leinonen of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland encouraged Finnish companies to look for opportunities in Ghana, and promised them the support of the Ministry and the Embassy of Finland in Abuja.
First Secretary Nana Abena Ofori-Atta of the Embassy of Ghana, in her speech, stressed the growing trade and investment potential of Ghana.