Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves has suggested that his country and Ghana establish an exchange programme in education.
The initiative would allow students from each country to study for degree programmes in the other, according to the Agency for Public Information.
Gonsalves made the suggestion on Tuesday during a courtesy call on Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, as part of a five-day official visit to the West African nation, which ends today, Friday.
Gonsalves said the geography and history of the two nations and the development of Ghana’s institutions require the institutionalism of a mechanism to develop the economic, trading, cultural and political ties and cooperation between SVG and Ghana.
The Vincentian leader also spoke of the possibility of an African-Brazil-Caribbean relationship that will seek to build the people of the countries involved.
Meanwhile, Akufo-Addo said that the idea of cooperation is an exciting one and that Ghana would not relent in its efforts to ensure cooperation in the areas of health, education, socio-political and economic development for the benefit of both countries and their people.
He also spoke of the role Ghana played in advancing the interest of countries in the Caribbean, citing, as an example, his country’s position against the disintegration of the Africa Caribbean Pacific alliance.
Akufo-Addo said the African Union, with Ghana’s support, will also continue to maintain that position.
Gonsalves heads a delegation that includes Kingstown’s High Commissioner to London, Cenio Lewis and SVG’s Ambassador to Cuba, Ellsworth John.
The prime minister is also accompanied by wife, Eloise Gonsalves, and Adrian Francois of the prime minister’s security detail.
Meanwhile, Gonsalves is said to have been “visibly distraught” when he was taken on a guided tour of the Elmina and Cape Coast slave dungeons in Ghana on Wednesday.
Elmina Castle was erected by the Portuguese in 1482 in present-day Elmina, Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast).
It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, and the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara.
The caster was first established as a trade settlement but later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic slave trade.
The Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Yaw Adjei-Baffoe and other high profile government officials led Gonsalves and his delegation on the tour of the Elmina and Cape Coast castles, Ghana media reports say.
Gonsalves was talked through the various stages the slaves went through before they were shipped to the Americas.
“Gonsalves listened to the tour guide with rapt attention and did not say a word but he was clearly distraught as he imagined what life was like for a human being locked in the dungeons,” a media report out of Ghana said.
The prime minister and his team spent almost two hours in the Elmina Castle, from where most of the Africans were transported to the Americas to work in plantations.
Cape Coast and Elmina Castles are two UNESCO heritage sites that attract international personalities.
Recently, the wife of the US President, Melania Trump visited Cape Coast Castle to learn more about the slave trade.