Air Malta to start operating in Ghana by the second quarter of 2020

The Ghanaian government and their counterparts in Malta are in talks to allow for the national carrier of Malta to begin flying to the West African country by the second quarter of 2020.

Professor Alex Dodoo, Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority, and Dr Benjamin Micallef, Malta Medicine Authority, signing on behalf of their respective organisations

The Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), Yofi Grant said Air Malta is willing to fly to Ghana as they intend to expand their reach in Africa.

In an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, Mr Grant said when the deal goes through, both countries will benefit from the deal.

"We're still in the process because we want to get the concept right as on the regulatory requirements, whether it will be airline operations involving a direct flight from Malta to Accra or a transit to the other African countries and vice versa," Yofi said.

Malta’s decision to enter Ghana's aviation industry forms part of the country’s effort to open up sectors of its economy to the world.

The ongoing discussions will give Malta the opportunity to venture into airline operations, logistics, and transportation in the country's aviation space due to Ghana's strategic business climate that makes it one of the best economies in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

On his part Minister of Economy, Investment and Small businesses of Malta Silvio Schembri said they decided to enter the African markets through Ghana because the West African country stands out among other countries on the continent.

He entreated Ghanaian companies to take advantage of the new incentive given to Ghana-Maltese relations by the reciprocal high-level visits and invest in Malta.

The occasion was used to sign five agreements between selected agencies in Ghana and Malta.

The agreements between the governments of Ghana and Malta are on medicine, bilateral air services, and aquaculture.

Silvio Schembri said “Ghana must consider Malta as its home in Europe; a partnership of growth and economic prospects. For example, we have an experienced and robust project management system. Once we build strong relations we can identify projects that both countries can collaborate and work on.”

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