Envoy: Netherlands, Ghana to Promote Democracy, Rule of Law

Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ronald strikker being interviewed by the host, Ms Harriet Nartey

Accra, Ghana, March 20, 2019//-The Netherlands government says it intends to use its current membership of the United Nations Security Council to promote democratic ideals such as peace, rule of law and development.

The Kingdom’s Ambassador to Ghana, Ronald strikker who disclosed this, said the Netherlands is inspired by Ghana’s subscription to the same democratic credentials and will be counting the support of Ghana in its quest.

Speaking to Ms Harriet Nartey, host of Diplomatic Affairs show, a current affairs programme on Metro TV, Ambassador Strikker said the more than a century old relation between Ghana and the Netherlands has been of immense benefit to both nations.

He said even though the Netherlands government is shifting away from the long-standing aid support, Ghana continuous to be a priority of the Dutch government helping her to achieve most of her developmental targets including Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health.

The Dutch envoy reiterated the desire of his government to help her Ghanaian counterpart to overcome challenges pertaining to the provision sanitation facilities including toilets, arguing in favour of the application of the entrepreneurship approach to ensure its sustainability.

“We must get away from handouts, and that is the best approach”, he added.

He cited agriculture and commended the gains made so far by the Ghanaian government to increase productivity through the Planting for Food and Jobs policy.

He, however, urged greater innovation and technological application to scale up the progress.

The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world.

On economic reforms, the head of the Netherlands Mission said:  “The signs are looking good”, referring to ongoing financial and economic stability measures being implemented by the current Ghanaian government.

Culled from Diplomatic Affairs show which airs on Tuesday at 8.30pm on Metro TV

 

 

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