Asantehene urges World Bank not to renege on its mandate

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has urged staff of the World Bank to carry out their duties in line with the Bank’s mandate.

He said the World Bank was established to ensure the infrastructural and total development of developing countries, and stressed the need for the Bank to adhere to this and maintain them.

“The World Bank has the responsibility to design programmes that will be best-suited for development of the world, thereby making the world peaceful in relation to development.”

Otumfuo Osei Tutu made the remarks when he visited the World Bank headquarters in Washington to interact with leaders of the Bank.

He urged the World Bank to continue collaborating with developing countries in the implementation of pragmatic policies to help accelerate economic growth.

He is also expected to deliver an address on September 13, 2019 at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, about his role in the transformation of Asanteman and Ghana and how he combined culture and modernity in the transformation agenda over the last two decades.

The Asantehene pointed out that poverty, diseases and ignorance can be eradicated with continuous interventions by the World Bank, and underscored that human resource development is key to the proper transformation of every country – and further entreated world leaders to ensure that their people are well-educated to become useful to the world.

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The Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who is also Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), said the university has been playing vital roles over the years to help ensure that students from Ghana and other countries are properly trained.

He also called for science and mathematics education to be given serious attention, indicating that these two subjects are key to the future transformation; and revealed that he will lead the Ashanti Kingdom in responding to the necessary adjustments in culture and traditions so as to meet the expectations of present demands.

“Culture is not static, it is dynamic. So, as time moves you cannot stick to the old style of culture, especially when it is linked with education. As we move on, we look at various ways of developing our culture and better ways to improve the lives of our people.

“We need to look for various ways of adapting to modern needs of society, by using education. We cannot live like we did in the past. We should look for modern ways to transform mankind,” he added.

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