The German delegation to Ghana that accompanied Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown its weight behind government’s Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, saying the German government is ready to create Skills Development Centres to help build the country’s human resources.
The Centres, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation Dr. Gerd Muller said, will largely focus on three main sectors – construction, energy and agriculture.
“We are coming with a special offer of creating partnership with Ghana. The German approach here is not to come and take the resources of Ghana. We are here to give; we are here to provide investment to the young generation of this country.
“That is why we are now suggesting cooperation in the area of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) – setting up a special initiative to create skills development centres here in the country which will focus on training in the area of construction, energy and agriculture.
“These centres should be launched and set up in the course of the next few months. The aim is to boost and implement a dual system of technical Vocational educational training to develop skills and to build the capacities of the young generation here in Ghana,” he said in a meeting with the press following discussions with Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
Dr. Muller reiterated Germany’s resolve to strengthen its relationship with Ghana, given the latter’s advancement in democracy and impressive economic growth.
“Ghana is our privileged partner in Africa. We have special reform partnerships with three countries in Africa—Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Ghana is on a very successful path—a path of democracy.
“Over the last 20 years there have been government changes, elections, democracy, stability and economic success. If you look at the facts and figures, this is very clear and it is a prerequisite the country needs,” he added.
Mr. Ofori-Atta also welcomed the proposed partnership by the German government, saying it falls in line with government’s vision of Ghana Beyond Aid.
“The vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid is essentially saying: how do you create a self-confident society that is wealthy; that is inclusive in development and sustainable in the programmes we do; an empowered and confident people in a resilient and respected country?
“Undergirding that is the whole issue of training your human capital, which has resulted in our Free Senior High School so that you begin to have the skill-sets to sustain the transformation exercise we have begun,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo, in June this year, inaugurated a 13-member Committee to develop a charter for the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ vision.
The Committee has until end of September 2018 to present before Parliament a roadmap for achieving the vision that seeks to capitalise and manage the country’s vast natural resources to finance its development agenda without looking to the developed world for aid.