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General News of Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Germany promises to help Ghana end blackouts

Germany has offered to help Ghana solve its energy issues as well as in the education sector.

President John Dramani Mahama is currently on a state visit in Germany hoping to strengthen the relationship with the European powerhouse.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to help Ghana end the erratic power supply that has raged on for over a year after the two leaders went into a closed-door discussion. Their talk also touched on issues affecting the continent as a whole.

Merkel said Germany is prepared to support the young oil-producing country in various sectors.

“For Ghana, it is providing electricity and electricity supplies which is of the greatest importance and we have been talking about making contribution towards developing renewable energy,” she said at a joint press conference. “We value the partnership with Ghana and it is a friendly one.”

She added: “Ghana is a good democracy and good partner in West Africa. Our tides in the field of development cooperation are very close and we will also cooperate closely in the economic spheres.”

President Mahama said: “On the bilateral cooperation level we have strong cooperation in the area of energy and renewable power and KFW is financing several projects in Ghana in the way of energy. We are working with KFW to increase the power we get from solar energy into Ghana’s transmission grid.”

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