President Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the Ghana Office of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Accra.

JETRO is one of the organisations, whose leadership President Akufo-Addo engaged with, during his official visit to Japan nearly three years ago.

The Management of Toyota Tsusho, was also engaged by the President, for which reason an assembly plant has been established in Ghana.

With Ghana and Japan having had longstanding bilateral relations since 1957, JETRO has played a significant role in the successful implementation of several of these trade and investments programmes, which have provided support in boosting the productivity and sustainability of many small and medium scale enterprises in Ghana.

This relationship has resulted in co-operation in the fields of agriculture, education, energy, finance, food, governance health, infrastructure, manufacturing, peace and security,

Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo stated that the establishment of the JETRO Ghana Office, which has been duly staffed and resourced, is an important development towards deepening Ghana’s economic co-operation with Japan.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “it provides a permanent administrative mechanism for strengthening bilateral dialogue and cooperation on trade, investment and private sector development programmes between Japan and Ghana. The JETRO Ghana Office should help facilitate business linkages by directly addressing the language barrier between Ghanaian and Japanese companies.”

The President told the gathering that Ghana is looking forward to more substantial investments by Japanese companies into her manufacturing sector for Ghana to realize its full potential as a regional manufacturing hub for Africa.