The Vice President, Mr K.B. Amissah-Arthur, on Friday returned to Accra after participating in the inauguration of the New Suez Canal in Egypt.
This was contained in a release copied to Peacefmonline.com by Mr. James Agyenim-Boateng, a presidential staffer. Leaders from around the world including France, Gabon, Togo, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Gulf States, along with a high profile European delegation were also in attendance.
The Suez Canal is an important maritime route and the newly inaugurated canal is expected to significantly cut the travel time of vessels to Europe and Africa. Whilst in Cairo, Vice President Amissah-Arthur met with President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.
They reviewed the regional peace and security situation as well as the ECOWAS single monetary integration and the benefits to be derived.
They also discussed new initiatives to speed up the convergence process. President Issoufou and President John Mahama are jointly mandated by ECOWAS to supervise the single currency convergence process. The Vice President also met with President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo.
They discussed the political situation in their respective countries as well as measures to deal with threats to the peace and security of the sub-region.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Amissah-Arthur held meetings with the President and Chairman of the Board of the African Export – Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Mr Jean-Louis Ekra, and other senior officials of the Bank.
High on the agenda of that meeting were issues bordering on the economy as well as areas of support and further cooperation.
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