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17.06.2004 General News

Visiting French Minister inspects project

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Tema, June 17, GNA - The visiting French Minister of State for Co-operation and Francophone Development, Mr Xavier Darcos on Thursday pledged France's support in the development of infrastructure in Ghana. He stressed the need for both countries to deepen the bonds of friendship and further strengthen relations between them.

Mr Darcos made the pledge when he inspected the ongoing French-sponsored 64 metre-long Tema Manhean-Ashiaman road overpass project, on the Accra-Tema Motroway.

The inspection was part of his two-day visit to Ghana. The 20 million-Euro project funded with a French Development Agency Loan is being undertaken by Messrs Sonitra to ease vehicular traffic between Tema and Ashiaman.

In addition, 1.3 kilometres of the Tema Manhean-Ashiaman road would be rehabilitated.

Mr Darcos said the visit had enabled him to realise the assistance required for co-operation and development in Ghana.

Dr Richard Winfred Anane, Minister of Roads and Transport, said the Sector had realised a lot of support from France.

"The project would further deepen the level of co-operation and relations between both nations since Ghana is surrounded by Francophone countries", he said.

Dr Anane expressing Ghana's appreciation for the partnership, said: "France could be relied on to help Ghana in its developmental process." 17 June 04