Malta opens new high commission offices in Ghana

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New offices of the Malta High Commission in Ghana were recently inaugurated. The symbolic ribbon was cut by Foreign Minister Ian Borg, who is leading a diplomatic and trade delegation to the country.

Those present included Ghana’s deputy minister for foreign affairs and members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Ghana.

Malta’s high commission had been operating from temporary premises since February 2019,

Borg said the opening of the new high commission was a clear demonstration of Malta’s commitment to strengthening its relationship with Ghana and the African continent.

The minister thanked the high commissioner, Jean Claude Galea Mallia, his deputy and the rest of the staff for their work.

Ghana deputy foreign minister Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong said that it was an honour for Ghana that Malta, as a Mediterranean country at the heart of the European Union, to open a high commission.

He looked forward to closer cooperation between the two countries.

The opening of the high commission was first announced by then foreign minister Carmelo Abela in 2018. Then President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca led a delegation on a visit to the country in 2017.

Diplomatic relations between Malta and Ghana go back to 1974. Since the last couple of years however, relations have flourished with two consecutive State Visits, one in 2017 and the other one in 2019, which were followed by the official opening of the High Commission of Malta in Accra.

Ghana Exports of mineral fuels, oils, distillation products to Malta was US$24.57 Million during 2019, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.

Malta Exports to Ghana was US$31.95 Million during 2021, according to the United Nations COMTRADE database on international trade.

Credit: Mark-Anthony Johnson