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12.05.2009 Politics

Ghana, Burkina sign pact

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THE MINISTER of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, says Ghana cherishes its bilateral relations/ties with sister countries in Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

It is in the light of this Ghana has undertaken an agreement with the Republic of Burkina Faso in extending the Fibre Optic into each other's domains.

He disclosed that plans were far advanced to extend Ghana's Fibre Optic which ended in Tamale to Ougadougou, and Burkina would in turn extend their Fibre Optic to Paga and Bawku, all border towns in Ghana.

Mr. Haruna said the collaboration between both countries was on short term which is expected to materialise by the close of 2009, and a long term in a year after, with funding from governments of both countries.

The Minister, who disclosed this at a meeting with his counterpart from Burkina, Noel Kabori, said Ghana would spend 40 million US dollars in the project while their counterparts would spend about 300 million CFA.

He added that it was the decision of the current government to extend the Fibre Optic to every district in the country to enhance living and easy communication since it remained a modern tool for development.

On his part, the Communication Minister of Burkina Faso, Noel Kabori, expressed his gratitude for the collaboration, saying it would go a long way in deepening the relationship between both countries.

A report on the analysis of the Fibre Optic of both countries and ways of improving and providing connectivity was presented by experts drawn from both countries.

The two ministers later adopted and signed a ministerial declaration witnessed by the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Stephen Sumani Nayina. 

Under the declaration, the two countries would take necessary steps to build the missing steps of the Fibre Optic for the interconnection of the two countries.

Areas like Bawku and Paga were adopted as practical points to achieve the interconnection for both countries.

NCBC in Ghana and Onatel of Burkina would be engaged in the extension projects. Conclusively, the two countries have committed themselves to reporting progress to the regional economic communities of Ecowas.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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