In August 2022, Ghana and the United Mexican States celebrated sixty-one (61) years of bilateral relations.
As part of the celebrations, both countries looked forward to strengthening their bilateral ties for the benefit of their people.
Last week, the relations between the two countries was deepened by the signing of a sister city agreement between Accra and Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco in Western Mexico to promote cultural and commercial development.
The signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at the Accra City Hall and was attended by key stakeholders from the creative arts, culture and tourism sector as well as the trade, investment and education sectors.
In her address, the Mayor of Accra, Elizabeth K. T Sackey, said the friendship between the two cities was the beginning of the collaboration in the areas of arts, culture, tourism, trade, and investment, education and a testament to the bilateral cooperation that had existed for years between Ghana and Mexico.
She was hopeful that Guadalajara and Accra would embark on impactful projects to the benefit of its residents.
“I must admit, Guadalajara and Accra do not only experience lovely sunshine but are also very hospitable cities and since Accra won the title to host this great programme. The two cities have been nurturing a friendship which is being culminated in the signing of a sister city agreement today,” she added.
On her part, Mrs. Lilian Rizk Rodrigues, Director of International Relations and Migrant Attention at the Municipality of Guadalajara, described the union as historic feet for the two cities citing the agreement as the first of its kind to be signed with an African city.
According to her, the decision to enter into a sister city agreement with Accra emanated from the common love of books, adding that the relationship would open a door to close connections full of shared activities in the areas of culture, education, tourism, commerce and technology.
The Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana, Arturo Salazar expressed gratitude to the Mayor of Accra for making the twinning agreement a success assuring that it would go a long way to foster unity and bring development between the city of Accra and Guadalajara.
Guadalajara has a population of 5 million people and it is the second largest city in Mexico, which is located in the north of the American Continent. It is the birthplace of important cultural manifestations in Mexico such as Mariachi folk music, the liquor called tequila and the Mexican national sport, charrería.