Ghana President waives Travel Visa for Jamaican Citizens


June 18, 2019

Ghana President waives Travel Visa for Jamaican Citizens to travel to Ghana

Effective July 1, 2019 Ghanaians and Jamaicans can travel to and from each other's country without a visa.

This was agreed to after The President of Ghana & The Prime Minister of Jamaica held bilateral discussions in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday June 15th 2019. The meeting was part of President Akufo-Addo’s two-day official visit to the Caribbean country.

Stressing the importance of Ghana-Jamaica relations, the President said the two nations have an excellent opportunity to build on their strong ties, imposed by culture and history, so as to derive maximum economic value for their respective populations.

“We cannot have visas standing in the way of those relations, so the decision has been taken by my government that, as Ghanaians benefit from visa-free arrangements here in Jamaica, we are also going to provide visa-free arrangements for Jamaicans in Ghana,” he said.

He told the Jamaica Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, that the move will facilitate and also make it easier for Jamaicans to come to Ghana and join "The Year of Return."

With the two leaders pledging to reactivate The Ghana-Jamaica Permanent Joint Commission for Co-operation, which has been dormant for some time, President Akufo-Addo explained that, when properly structured, the Commission will serve as a legal framework for the doing of business between the two countries.

“Now, it has come to the time to give teeth to those relations by making sure the various areas of engagement in education, tourism and cultural activity are specifically tied down.

“That is really my purpose of coming here, apart from a mission to sensitize you in Jamaica about an event that we are commemorating this year,” he added.

The Year of Return
Describing Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as a “horrendous episode of human history”, President Akufo Addo explained that Ghana is keen on commemorating this event, largely because a large number of slaves came through slave forts located in Ghana. “We want to commemorate it, to be able to say together that never again will Africa and her people permit themselves to be subjugated to these types of dehumanizing and inhumane events. Never again!” he added

The President continued, “At the same time, we want to use the symbolism of this year to take concrete steps to solidify the relations of our kith and kin in the Americas and the Caribbean.

“The relationship that we are forming here in Jamaica will form part of the process of solidifying the relations between those of us on the continent of Africa and those of you in the diaspora, outside Africa.

His visit to The Caribbean, The President said, has been to “strengthen the relations across the water,and build the bridge that we have to build over the Atlantic so that we could find a way of strengthening each other in growing and empowering our economies, to play a more and more critical role in the new global architecture that is being drawn up now. We are going to have relations that are intimate.”

As part of his schedule of activities for Saturday June 15th, President Akufo Addo was led on a tour of the Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann.

On Sunday June 16th, The Ghanaian President also met with the leadership of the University of the West Indies. He  also gave a floral tribute at the shrine of Jamaican international Hero, The Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

The President will concluded his visit on Sunday 15th by giving remarks at the Opening of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

News Source; GhanaWeb.com

News Link; https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Ghana-Jamaica-waive-visa-requirement-for-citizens-755476#

https://jis.gov.jm/visa-waiver-agreement-between-jamaica-and-ghana-to-be-implemented/

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