Agence Francaise celebrates anniv.

Agence Francaise de Development, Ghana (AFD), has launched its 30th anniversary on the theme, “AFD in Ghana: 30 years of partnership”.

Activities for the celebration include a roundable discussion on Wednesday, at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on the theme, “Aid effectiveness in Ghana’with an exhibition to be opened on the same day at Alliance Francaise to highlight projects in Ghana funded by the institution.

Speaking at the launch in Accra on Tuesday, the French Ambassador to Ghana, Frederick Clavier, said the anniversary was aimed at celebrating the achievements of AFD in the areas of urban and rural development, agriculture, finance and energy since its establishment in 1985.

He said AFD as a financial institution, had over the years provided sovereign and non-sovereign loans to the government and private organisations at concessional, grant and direct loans.

Mr. Clavier said, AFD had committed £1.3 billon in support of about 100 projects towards development in key sectors such as agriculture, finance, and energy.

He said the projects, which included a 40.5 million dollar Ghana Urban Management Pilot Project (GUMPP), 36 million dollar District Development facility, 23 million dollar Kumasi Bypass, 30 million dollar Awoshie-Pokuase road and 18.6 million dollar Water Supply Project in the Brong Ahafo Region, were part of the effort to promote development in the country.

Besides, Mr. Clavier said the institution had been working in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Agricultural Development Bank towards the cultivation of perennial crops like rubber and oil palm.

He said as a result of the strategic agricultural plans in the Western, Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions, farmers had been able to enhance their produce to earn more income for their livelihood.

The Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah, commended AFD for the financial assistance towards the development of the country over the past 30 years and called for more support in key sectors of the economy.

He urged Ghanaians to endeavour to learn how to write and speak the French language fluently to enable them to communicate effectively with our French neighbouring countries.

He said the government would continue to create the conducive atmosphere for direct investment to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

By Charles Amankwa  

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