On 20 July 2018, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs will meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, who is coming to Latvia for a working visit. The meeting will address the topics of current importance in bilateral relations between Latvia and Ghana: cooperation in economy, trade, ICT, education and science, promotion of business contacts, and in other areas. Regional issues and cooperation between the two countries in international organisations are also on the agenda.
As part of her working visit, the Ghanaian Foreign Minister will also meet with the Deputy Speaker of the Saeima (the Latvian Parliament), Inese Lībiņa-Egnere, and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy, Ēriks Eglītis. The visit will also include a tour of the National History Museum and a presentation of a book as a gift to the People’s Bookshelf at the National Library of Latvia. Members of the Minister’s delegation, for their part, will meet with representatives from a Latvian non-governmental organisation, “Green Freedom”, which is implementing a social business project in Ghana.
Ghana is one of the largest trade partners to Latvia in Western Africa, and the Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration will also be accompanied by a business delegation, which is taking part in the Latvia-Ghana Business Forum on 19-20 June. The networking event organised in association with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) is expected to bring together 16 Ghanaian and 30 Latvian business people. The business delegation is also to meet with representatives from the education sector, as well as visiting various pharmaceutical and ICT companies.
Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has been Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana since 28 January 2017. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey holds degrees from the University of Westminster and the University of Ghana.
Events for the media
12.00 – Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs welcomes the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, to the Foreign Ministry
Photo & Video opportunity in the lobby
14.00–14.25 – the Foreign Ministers’ joint press conference (Languages: Latvian – English)
Photo & Video opportunity
Venue: MFA Press Conference Hall (1st floor)