Czech Republic to support Ghana with urban rail transport
Posted on: 2010-Nov-11        GNA
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The government of the Czech Republic on Wednesday expressed its willingness to support the government of Ghana to establish an urban rail system and to help revive some of Ghana's defunct factories.

They have also agreed to share their technological and other professional expertise with Ghana to enable her to generate more power and transmit electricity for both domestic and the external markets.

These decisions were taken when Vice President John Dramani Mahama, who is on an official visit to the country, held talks with Mr. Petr Necas, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.

The meeting centered on power generation, urban transport and the maximum use of oil and gas when drilling begins.

Vice President Mahama appealed to the Prime Minister to send experts to Ghana for the two countries to undertake feasibility studies on the urban rail system.

He said the rail system would not only decongest the major cities of the country but would also create jobs for the unemployed.

The Vice President said the jute, shoe, sugar and tyre factories that were established by the government of Ghana in collaboration with the Czech Republic during the First Republic were all grounded and called for collaboration to revive these factories.

Vice President Mahama said the government was spending a chunk of money importing shoes and boots for the security services and appealed to the Czech Republic government to consider supporting Ghana to revamp the factory so that it could produce shoes and boots for both internal and international markets.

Prime Minster Necas said Ghana was a great nation in terms of good governance, stability and democracy and he would therefore be proud to engage her in a number of partnerships for their mutual benefit.

"Past governments of Ghana and the Czech Republic have over the years established good relations and I promise that this time round the relationship is going to move even better," he said.

The Vice President also called on President Veclav Klaus and their discussions were held behind closed doors.