Ghana and Japan on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Mövenpick Hotel, enhanced sixty (60) years of existing diplomatic and friendly relations with the signing of Grant Aid Agreements worth US$56.6M and US$1.8m respectively, for two major projects.
“The projects dubbed ‘the Improvement of Ghanaian International Corridors” include, the completion of Tema Roundabout and the rehabilitation of National Trunk Road N8 phase II and “Programme for Poverty Reduction Strategy in support of the Health Sector”.
The Grant Agreement and the Exchange of Notes were signed by the Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and H.E Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana respectively. The Hon. Minister in her remarks stated that, “the strengthening of relations between our two countries over the years has been characterized by our common desire to forge friendship and cooperation based on mutual respect and support for each other’s development, aspirations as well as solidarity in the pursuit of global peace, stability and security”
Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey also expressed gratitude to the Japanese government for their continued support towards Ghana’s development and urged Japan government to take advantage of endless opportunities and possibilities that exist in the various sectors of the Ghanaian economy. She again, urged Japanese businesses to consider taking advantage of the many investment opportunities that are available in Ghana to set up production and assembly facilities to serve our mutual economic interests. The event also marked ninety years (90) of the coming to Ghana of Noguchi, the Japanese Scientist who came to conduct research into Yellow Fever after whom the Noguchi Institute was named. Ghana and Japan also used the occasion to celebrate forty years (40) of the Japanese overseas Corporation Volunteers (JOVA).
Concluding her remarks, she expressed Ghana’s appreciation to Japanese Government for the continuous support for the development of human resource capacity especially, the role played by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the areas of Health and Infrastructural Development and the tremendous sacrifices of Japanese Volunteer Corps who are posted to offer services in deprived communities in the country.