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Thu, Sep

Indian govt ready to support Ghana develop technical, vocational sector

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh (3rd left) and Mr Singh in a handshake. With then are Prof Kwesi Yankah (2nd right), Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, and other dignitories.

The Indian government says it is ready to support Ghana in developing the technical and vocational education sector.

The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Birender Singh, who stated this, explained that technical and vocational education was the way to go to be able to support the one district, one factory policy of the government.

He said skills in technical and vocational education were what were needed to encourage the growth of the small and medium industries in the country. 

Courtesy call

Mr Singh said these when he paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, at his office in Accra.

The two officials discussed a wide range of issues of mutual concern to both countries, especially issues on the educational sector.

They discussed areas where India could cooperate with Ghana, especially in the field of education.

Mr Singh pledged to support the Ministry of Education in the teaching of Mathematics and Science at the tertiary level. 

Enumerating areas of cooperation, he said: “We have been strong in the area of rural electrification, agro processing, railways and a lot of other projects which are under consideration.”

He said India was proud to be associated with a number of projects in the country, saying there were a number of projects still under consideration.

Mr Singh said he was hopeful that in the very near future, a $150 million project proposal for an agricultural mechanisation and Yendi water supply project would be approved by Parliament.

Deepening cooperation

Dr Prempeh  recalled that the Indian government had supported Ghana in a number of ways, and said he was hopeful that the two would deepen and expand the area of technical and vocational education in the country.

Dr Prempeh thanked the Indian government for refurbishing the Flagstaff House and the promise to support Ghana’s Parliament by building a Parliament Village.