President Akufo-Addo

Ghanaian and Togolese officials say they are confident the two countries will soon agree on parameters to resolve the maritime boundary dispute between the two countries.

Togo raised concerns in 2018 after it said it had noted that the maritime boundaries between Togo and Ghana were not clearly defined.

But after series of engagements between the two countries including a meeting held in Accra between 22nd and 25th June, officials say the prospect of an agreement is bright.

Ghana and Togo have been holding some negotiations to resolve some Maritime dispute between the two countries since 2018. These negotiations were a result of the concerns raised by Togo after it said the Maritime boundaries between the two countries were not clearly defined.

President Akufo-Addo and his Togolese counterpart, Faure Gnassingbe agreed in 2018 to use international law to settle the issue.

A joint technical committee formed between the two countries has been holding bilateral meetings to peacefully delimit the common maritime boundary between Ghana, until Ghana’s Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah warns both countries to put all the resources at their disposal to resolve the dispute.

“Since its re-opening in March this year, I’m looking at the progress made so far. I am convinced that the outcome for nontechnical support towards the amicable resolution of contention irrespective of our common boundary has earned the country will ultimately redefine and also consolidate the parameters of our future relations,” said Ghana’s Security Minister.

Head of Ghana’s Boundary Commission, Brigadier General, Emmanuel Kotia assures of commitment from his side.

“Ghana’s, the Togolese did not any objection but they want more time to be able to study our proposal and then we can go forward but then there is a positive in that direction,” he said.

Principal Director of Togo, Tamipi Nuku says he believes an agreement will be reached soon.

“We have a good faith that we will reach an agreement and respect the agenda that by November 2021 both Heads of State should be able to sign an agreement on the Maritime boundary between Togo and Ghana,” he said.

This meeting agreed to defer further discussion on the provisional arrangement to the next plenary meeting which will be held in Togo in July.