The French government has provided an amount of €37.50 million to finance the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project. The project also involves the construction of the Lake road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works.

The amount paid by the French Development Agency (AfD) is part of a bilateral agreement between the two countries. The funding amount coincides with a visit to France by Ghana's President John Mahama. The two met on Monday at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

The French President Francois Hollande lauded President John Mahama for helping bring stability to the West African sub-region during his tenure as Chair of ECOWAS.

He singled out his Ghanaian counterpart for praise for the meticulous way in which he addressed the coup situation in Burkina Faso late last year as well as his contribution to the sub-region's management of the Ebola outbreak which claimed thousands of lives.

During his tenure as chair of ECOWAS, President Mahama also supervised peaceful elections in Nigeria and Togo before he handed over to Senegal's Macky Sall.

The two leaders who were meeting for the second time since both came into power also discussed the security situation in the West African subregion, the Economic Partnership Agreement and French support for development projects in Ghana.

Source: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com

Ambassador Francois Pujolas presented his letters of credence to President Mahama on Thursday 17th September
Ambassador Francois Pujolas presented his letters of credence to President Mahama on Thursday 17th September

Brussels AirlinesStarting 26 October Brussels Airlines will operate flights to Accra, the capital of Ghana, four times weekly. Accra is Brussels Airlines’ 16th destination in West Africa.

A flourishing economy thanks to oil and cocoa, a growing touristic potential and a population that is known for its friendliness and hospitality… With Ghana, Brussels Airlines adds one of the most important up and coming African countries to its network. The GDP continues to grow steadily, trade relations are booming and the number of foreign visitors and tourists increases year after year.

The flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a morning departure from Brussels and an evening return from Accra. The flight schedule allows for smooth connections to many of Brussels Airlines’ European destinations and the United States, including to the UK, Denmark, Germany, France and New York, via Brussels Airport.

From France, Brussels Airlines offers optimal connections from Paris Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse.

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H.E. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier with the General Manager, Brussels Airlines

The Belgian airline company Brussels Airlines has made a generous donation to the victims of the Accra floods and fire disaster which occurred in June, 2015.  The flood which resulted from torrential rainfall in Accra caused severe damage to life and property in the city as well as a halt in commercial activities as markets were flooded and workers trapped.

The number of casualties increased when a GOIL fuel station near Kwame Nkrumah Interchange exploded and caught fire with victims caught in the blaze while taking shelter during the rainstorm at the filling station. Over 200 people lost their lives and many suffered severe injuries from life-threatening and disfiguring burns in this tragic national event.

During a visit to the Embassy of Ghana in Paris the Ambassador, H.E. Johanna Svanikier informed the company representatives of the Ghanaian government's appeal for fund.  Immediately following their visit, Brussels Airlines made a first donation of 1000 euros for the victims which will be passed on by the Embassy to the national disaster relief agency - NADMO.

Brussels Airlines has also added another initiative to its philanthropic gesture through a special offer on its website. For every ticket bought on the Brussels Airlines website from now until the end of the year, the airline will contribute 10 euros per ticket purchased which will be donated to the victims in January.

The initiative is in line with its social responsibility policy and seeks to demonstrate its commitment to serving the Ghanian people on its new route.  

Interacting with President Francois Hollande at the Semaine des Ambassadeurs lunch at The Château St Celle St Cloud hosted by Minister Laurent FabiusInteracting with President Francois Hollande at the Semaine des Ambassadeurs lunch at The Château St Celle St Cloud hosted by Minister Laurent Fabius

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