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GHANA CAPABLE OF WEANING ITSELF OF AID – ANGELA MERKEL

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Ghana’s quest to wean itself of aid, through the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy has been given a boost by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, who believes Ghana has all that it takes to be self-sufficient.

Ghana’s quest to wean itself of aid, through the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy has been given a boost by the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, who believes Ghana has all that it takes to be self-sufficient.

 

According to her, Germany would assist Ghana to put up the structures that would advance the country’s quest to modernize and industrialize its economy and create opportunities for the prosperity of its people.

Chancellor Merkel gave that assurance when speaking at a joint press conference after holding bilateral talks with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday.

The German Chancellor was on a day’s visit to Ghana as part of her three-nation tour of Africa.

Her visit to Ghana is geared at enhancing bilateral trade between Ghana and Germany and find ways both countries can address challenges in the sub-region including security an migration especially human and drug trafficking.

                                                                                           Youth empowerment

With regards to support for the youth, the German Chancellor indicated her country’s willingness to support the youth of Ghana with vocational training to enable them contribute effectively to the country’s socio-economic development.

To this end, she said the number of students from Ghana being offered scholarships by German institutions would be improved.

This, she added, would address the youth migration from Africa to Europe. Currently 42 German tertiary institutions give scholarships to Ghanaian students. 

She said she was encouraged by President Akufo-Addo’s policies geared at empowering the youth to take up initiatives.

                                                                                Ghana’s democratic credentials and Kofi Annan

The German leader further lauded Ghana’s democratic credentials, especially in the rule of law, stating ‘Ghana is a vanguard for democracy in Africa.’

That notwithstanding, she wished the country could do more to address the issues of corruption, saying Germany could assist Ghana in that aspect.

She spoke about Germany and the rest of Europe working out a comprehensive plan to deal with the issues of migration by African youths to Europe.

She also eulogized Ghana’s illustrious son, the late Kofi Annan, whom she described as someone who taught the world how to do politics.

According to her, the politics of Mr Annan was that politics should be a win-win situation rather than allowing the strong one to always win.

                                                                                        Creating wealth and jobs

President Akufo-Addo for his part, welcomed warmly the German leader to Ghana, and said the country was looking for opportunity to create wealth and jobs for its youthful population.

He said these would ensure that the youth stayed in the country and avoided the dangerous journey through the desert to seek non-existent opportunities.

On areas of cooperation, he said Ghana was looking to modernise its agriculture to create more jobs for the teeming youth, adding that the country was looking to securing long term financing for its development.

The President welcomed the Volkswagen Automobile company’s decision to put up an assembling plant in Ghana in partnership with a local company, adding that it was an indication of the confidence that Germany had in Ghana’s economy.

He said the problem of insurgency and insecurity in the Sahel regions would be solved when opportunities are created for the youth, thus Ghana would collaborate with Germany’s to address those problems, as well as that of human and drug trafficking.