He has therefore called for enhanced trade and investment between Ghana and the European Union in order to reflect the collective resolve towards helping to attain the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.

Vice President Bawumia made the call when he took part in the 2018 edition of the Ghana-EU Political Dialogue in Accra.

Addressing the participants, which also included Ghana government officials such as Foreign Minister Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Defence Minister Hon Dominic Nitiwul, Interior Minister Hon Ambrose Dery, and Education Minister Hon Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Vice President Bawumia indicated that this year’s theme, which is a follow up on last year’s theme of “EU Partnering Ghana Beyond Aid”, is indicative of the greater cooperation between the two bodies. “These themes chosen for our Dialogues reflect the collective resolve of our two sides to re-orient our cooperation towards the attainable vision of a ‘Ghana beyond Aid.’ READ ALSO: There's no money for Farmers Day celebration - Agric Minister

Participants at the forum

“The mechanisms for dialogue provided for by the Cotonou Agreement have not only given us ample opportunity to regularly engage and exchange ideas in a frank and transparent atmosphere, but has also brought us closer in the spirit of a good partnership. Remember, Africa is the closest continent to Europe, historically and geographically, and the choices we make impact each other greatly.”The primary objective of such dialogues, Vice President Bawumia indicated, “should be to build on the achievements recorded since last year’s event, deliberate and make concrete proposals that would advance our common interests, contemplate solutions to the challenges confronting our two continents and sides, and reconsider pragmatic ways to strengthen Ghana's capacity towards industrialization, and a brighter future.”