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General News of Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Source: Harriet Nartey

Germany to support Technical and Vocational Education in Ghana

The German government has selected Ghana as a priority partner country to receive support in key sectors of its economy.

The German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff who announced this in Accra named the key sectors to include Energy and Vocational Education.

The German government is consequently considering a knowledge and technological transfer to transform Ghana’s Technical and Vocational Education sector under an arrangement that will cost the Germans some 30 million Euros, as part of supports towards industrialization.

Taking his turn on Metro TV’s current affairs programme, Diplomatic Affairs on Sunday, Ambassador Retzlaff said even though Ghana and Germany have maintained a strong diplomatic relation spanning six decades, his government was exploring ways to deepen the friendship.

Available figures indicate, that while a whopping 30,000 Ghanaians live in Germany, only 1,500 Germans live in Ghana and the German Ambassador suggested steps be taken for people of both countries to know each other much better.

He dispelled the notion that Germans are cold and racists, especially against Africans, explaining Germans are rather multicultural and lovers of diversity.

Narrating steps Germany and its European Union partners are taking to curb illegal migration into Europe by Africans, Ambassador Retzlaff said African and European governments ought to step up efforts to address what he referred to as complex issues in international politics.

“African governments are not cooperating enough. We must do more of the legal migration. For instance, young people wanting to travel to Europe to study must be encouraged. Opening our borders for migrants to enter is not the best of solution and securing the borders too won’t solve the problem. We must give young people the opportunity to have a fulfilled life”, the envoy told host, Harriet Nartey.

The German Ambassador disclosed talks are ongoing to put finality to plans for the establishment of VW Automobile Assembly Plant in Ghana this year.