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EDI awards $18.5m contract to support nine hospitals in Ghana

Mr Alan John Kyerematen (left), Mr Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary (middle), and Mr Jon Benjamin (right), British High Commissioner to Ghana, at the event. Picture: OWUSU INNOCENT

Euroget De-Invest, the multipurpose conduit for project financing, project management and implementation consulting for turnkey projects has awarded an $18.5 million contract for the supply, installation and commissioning of medical equipment for nine Ghanaian health facilities under various stages of construction.

The contract has been awarded to Cteq Limited, a London-based provider of procurement and engineering solutions for the healthcare sector and would support the 160-bed Wa Hospital, the 60-bed Nsawkaw and Tepa hospitals with each under the first stage.

The second stage involves support for the 100-bed Madina Hospital while the 60-bed Konongo, Salaga and Twifo Praso hospitals will also benefit.

Under the third stage, the Kumasi and Afari Ministry of Defence hospitals would also receive support.

 

Brief

The Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Mr Boris Johnson, announced this at a press briefing in Accra yesterday. Present were the Chief Executive Officer of Cteg, Mr Ayman Hamid, and the UK Trade Envoy to Ghana, Mr Afriyie Adam. The rest were the ministers of Health and Trade and Industry, Messrs Agyemang Manu and Alan Kyerematen respectively.

Mr Johnson expressed the hope that the gesture would help strengthen the relationship between Ghana and Britain.

 

Pledge

On further support to the country in the wake of Britain leaving the European Union, “BREXIT,” Mr Johnson pledged that the UK would continue to be a strong voice for Ghana, emphasising that BREXIT meant more freedom to relate with countries like Ghana in allowing locally made products, such as the bamboo bicycle, onto the UK market tariff free. “We are leaving the European Union but not Europe. Trade and partnership with Europe and the rest of the world will continue.”

For his part, Mr Manu said with the vision of the government to expand health care in the country, such cooperation with Ghana’s partners was important.

He therefore said the country looked forward to having more of such engagements with the British government.

The CEO of Cteq, Mr Hamid, expressed delight at being part of transferring expertise to Ghanaians to improve the health sector.

The UK Trade Envoy to Ghana also explained that the deal “bodes well for future cooperation between the two countries.”

 

Interaction

The Foreign Secretary had earlier interacted with some Ghanaian SMEs that are receiving support from the UK government under its Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE) project being implemented by TechnoServe.

The SMEs exhibited some of their products that had benefited from the technical and funding support from the UK government.

The Marketing Manager of Wienco (Ghana) Ltd, Mr Dominic Duku, told the Daily Graphic, that the support had ensured the production of quality local rice for the Ghanaian market.

Another exhibitor, Kwabena Danso, who manufactures bamboo bicycles and loud speakers, said the support of a £3,000 seed money and business development services through the project had helped increase his production from 100 units a year to about 300. “We keep on increasing, and quality has been improving,” he added.