Ghana is calling on Israel to operate a fully-functioning visa section in its embassy as part of efforts to expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
In 2011, Israel officially reopened its embassy in Ghana as part of efforts to establish diplomatic relations.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 65th Independence Day celebration of Israel, the Minister of Transport, Dzifa Attivor, said the current situation where Ghanaian citizens travel to Burkina Faso and Nigeria to facilitate visa applications to travel to Israel is problematic.
“The extension of our bilateral cooperation will involve the movement of persons to and from our respective countries," she said.
"This concern raises expectation on the side of Ghana that sooner or later, the embassy of the state of Israel in Accra would operate a fully-functioning visa section to facilitate the processing of visas of Ghanaians travelling to Israel.”
Attivor pointed out that the government of Ghana hopes to have “discussions that will eventually lead to the conclusion of bilateral cooperation agreement for permanent joint commission for cooperation to cover all sectors.”
Israel’s ambassador to Ghana, Sharon Bar-Li, called for the strengthening of diplomatic ties.
She stated that Israeli businessmen describe Ghana as the preferred destination, “and the gateway to their activities in West Africa.”
Bar-Li also revealed plans to construct a 600-bed hospital facility at the University of Ghana, saying, “It is an Israeli company that will conduct the construction of the state-of-the-art 600-bed teaching hospital at the University of Ghana,” while an Israeli bank is also financing the project.