The Bilateral relations between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of Ghana have been advanced following their first meeting of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) last week.

According to a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting was held in Accra from February 11th to the 14th.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, Sir Louis Straker, led a high level delegation to the meeting.

The other members of the delegation were Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sandy Peters-Phillips, and Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Cuba and concurrent High Commissioner Designate to the Republic of Ghana, Ellsworth  John.

Ghana’s delegation was led by  was led by that country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway.

The PJCC originated from discussions between Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves and President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, when Prime Minister Gonsalves visited Ghana in November 2018 and signed a General Cooperation Agreement.

Discussions for the PJCC continued during the reciprocal visit by the President of Ghana to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in June 2019.

During last week’s meetings a number of agreements were reached for cooperation in the areas of political policy coordination, agriculture, trade and investment, tourism, culture, health and education.