French President Francois Hollande has applauded President John Mahama for helping to stabilze the West African subregion during his tenure as Chair of ECOWAS.
In a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, President Hollande referred to the developments in Burkina Faso last year and in September this year, and the leadership of President Mahama in ensuring a peaceful and smooth management of the two situations.
As Chair of ECOWAS, President Mahama influenced the elections in Nigeria and Togo, before handing over to Senegal’s Macky Sall.
President Mahama’s role in the subregion’s management of the Ebola outbreak and his involvement in ensuring maritime security along the Gulf of Guinea also came up for mention.
The two leaders who were meeting for the second time also discussed the security situation in the West African subregion, the Economic Partnership Agreement and French support for development projects in Ghana.
France has meanwhile agreed to provide through the French Development Agency (AfD) a €37.50 million financing for the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project.
This involves the construction of the Lake Road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works.
President Mahama expressed appreciation to President Hollande for his support during the Ebola outbreak and France’s role in stabilising the situation in Mali and other parts of the subregion.
He also thanked France for agreeing to support the training of teachers in the teaching and learning of french in Ghanaian schools.
Source: Flagstaff House