Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has said he visited Ghana “to trace the origin” of Trinidad and Tobago.
That is, according to an official Ghanaian report on Rowley’s three-day visit to the West African country.
That government’s official website (ghana.gov.gh) quoted Rowley on the purpose of his visit.
The website stated: “Prime Minister Rowley said his visit to Ghana was to trace the origin of his country and that his administration would do everything possible to share expertise in oil and gas with Ghana and to share expertise in oil and gas with Ghana to leverage her production of the commodity.”
The report went on: “He called for concerted efforts as Africans to develop the socio-economic potentials by standing firm with values and ideals that had put the two countries together as Africans.”
The official Ghanaian report said Rowley called for “economic cooperation” between the two countries “to fulfil the promises they made to their people before and after independence.”
The report detailed the closed-door meeting between Rowley and Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama at Flagstaff House.
Rowley visited a major oil refinery, a gas installation and aluminium company.
Agreements were signed with respect to oil and gas, development of petrochemicals, tourism and science and technology.
Mahama reportedly committed to stepping up cooperation in cultural exchanges, music, sports and general arts.
He said that T&T had “vast expertise and experience” in oil and gas exploration and exploitation.
“Ghana would move closer to tap that expertise to the benefit of all,” the report quoted the president as saying.
Rowley reportedly said T&T is a major producer of fertilisers and he would use his visit to explore marketing centres for the product.