26 September 2008

Ghana to be setting up a new foreign mission in Iran

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The Ghana government will be opening a new foreign mission in Iran to secure diplomatic ties and increase tourism, reports Peace News.

Ghana has now set up 53 missions in international locations to strengthen tourism opportunities, business relationships and diplomatic ties.  According to the Iranian Ambassador to Ghana, Voliallah Mohammadi, over 300 Ghanaians visit Iran every year, and vice versa.

The Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations, Oboshie Sai-Cofie, was visited by the Canadian Ambassador, Darren Schemmer, who said there are plenty of investment opportunities in Ghana’s tourism industry.  He also said he was impressed with the forts and castles in Ghana and pledged his country's support to the industry.

Ms Sai-Cofie asked both the Iranian Ambassador and Canadian Ambassador for help with upgrading the Ghanaian tourism industry.

All visitors to Ghana must be holders of a Ghana visa, unless they are a national from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States, or Egypt, Hong Kong, Kenya, Mauritius, and Singapore, (these countries have a visa waiver agreement with Ghana).

Ghana tourist visas are valid for a period of three months, and are granted to people who can prove they can support themselves financially during this period without being employed in the country and who also have a ticket to exit Ghana’s borders.

The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in Ghana visas and immigration services.

Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.

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