Russia - Ghana relations/

20-09-2002

Russian Parliamentary delegation to visit Ghana

A five-member Russian Parliamentary delegation is due to visit Ghana in the later part of this year on a fact-finding mission.

The delegation, to be led by the Deputy Speaker, would be accompanied by business and cultural groups to forge bilateral relationship with their Ghanaian counterparts.

Dr Valery Orloy, Ambassador of the Russian Federation, said this on Thursday when he led a two-man team to pay a courtesy call on the Majority Leader, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, at his office in Accra.

The Ambassador said it was the wish of the Russian government to link Russian Business Organisations with their counterparts in Ghana to cement the existing cordial relations and strengthen cultural ties between the two countries.

Dr Orloy said their visit was also to learn at first hand the Parliamentary proceedings so as to exchange ideas adding that since the world was now a global village, there was the need for countries with longstanding bi-lateral relation to concretise such ties.

He said though the Russian Parliament was young, it was developing quickly and was currently working on economic and judicial reforms.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah thanked the team for the visit and expressed the hope that the forthcoming delegation would pave the way for increased Russian-Ghana relationship at the parliamentary level.

He told the team that the parliament of Ghana was a representative one with the two hundred members each representing the interest of their constituencies while various select committees have been formed to handle national and constitutional issues.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah said parliament had established ties with parliaments not only in the Africa but with other countries like China, Britain and America.

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