AfCFTA positions country as major trading hub – German Ambassador


Ambassador of the Republic of Germany to Ghana, Daniel Krull, in his address at the EducataGhana 2022, has stated that the emergence of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) gives Ghana the unique opportunity to become a major trading hub in the sub-region.

He mentioned that one of the major factors that determine the competitiveness of nations is the quality of human resource, which is an essential criterion investors consider when choosing strategic location for businesses.

“The development of Ghana’s human resource is influenced by the quality of its skill development and vocational training which are, in turn, affected by the educational and academic infrastructure of the country,” he stated.

Mr. Krull added that the country can profit from this opportunity if stakeholders in the private and public sector adequately prepare for this competitive endeavour, hence, the need to invest in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) to drive growth across the sector.

“Ghana and Germany have been cooperating in the field to of vocational training over the years. In recent times, German cooperation experts have been assisting Ghana with the structural reform of its TVET education. Germany is prepared to continue supporting Ghana, our premium partner in West Africa, in its effort toward job creation and promoting digitalisation in the private sector,” he said.

Director-General of Commission for Technical and Vocational Training (CTVET), Dr. Fred K. Asare, also stated that government, as part of its efforts to transform and advance vocational training and skills development, has set the key goal of transforming Ghana’s labour force to enhanced productivity and employment.

“To achieve this said goal, some policy objectives have been outlined within the following broad areas: governance and management of TVET, increased access, improving quality, TVET financing, and environmental sustainability,” he mentioned.

The theme for the 3rd edition of EducataGhana 2022 is: ‘Resilient Education and Training for Business Success’, which is consistent with how economies and businesses have bounced back from the ravages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s event expanded its scope to the industry through sector-related topics on automotive, construction, digitalisation, finance and investment, food and agriculture as well as hospitality and tourism to support the Ghanaian educational system.

EducataGhana 2022 provided the platform for employers, employees, entrepreneurs and professionals from different sectors to have an insightful encounter and beneficial interactions to exchanges views, concepts and challenges in the various industries.

The forum included other activities like expositions and exhibitions, where both small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as big business organisations were given the platform to showcase their companies’ solutions to a larger and international market.

The 3rd edition of Ghana’s International Education and Idea factory, ‘EducataGhana 2022’, was organised by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana in collaboration with the German Sparassenstiftung Western Africa and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

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