DANIDA pull out support to Ghana by end of year

Mrs. Tove Degnbol (left) interacting with Nana Opare-Djan(second left),Mr.Carsten Schwensen (right) and Mr. Enock Yeboah Agyepong(second right)

Mrs. Tove Degnbol (left) interacting with Nana Opare-Djan(second left),Mr.Carsten Schwensen (right) and Mr. Enock Yeboah Agyepong(second right)

All Danish development support to Ghana will officially be phased out by the end of the year, Mrs Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana has hinted.

She said the Danish government was realigning its relations with Ghana to focus on trade instead of aid, in line with the country’s new policy direction to build a “Ghana beyond Aid.”

The Danish government has, however, given a two-year grace period to complete all ongoing projects by its agency as it transitions into strengthening business and investment partnerships with the Ghana.

Mrs Degnbol was speaking in Accra yesterday at the launch of an evaluation document of DANIDA’s support to Ghana over a ten-year period.

The “Evaluation of the Ghana-Denmark Partnership (2007-2017)” and a “Governance Documentation Study related to DANIDA support for the sector from 1990 to 2018, assessed the results achieved, sustainability and future opportunities on governance and private sector development support.

It also highlighted results and challenges to engender dialogue among relevant stakeholders after DANIDA’s exit.

Undertaken between January and August 2018, the evaluation was jointly commissioned by the Evaluation Department of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).

The launch was attended by Members of Parliament, retired and current Justices, human rights activists, members of the diplomatic corps, civil society groups among other dignitaries.

Mrs Degnbol  explained that Denmark was intensifying trade cooperation to attract Danish investment to Ghana, adding that “we are strengthening our business team and professionalising the support to Danish companies and their Ghanaian partners.”

“We are not phasing out Danish presence in Ghana. We will maintain an embassy of approximately the same size and remain as active as always as we change focus from development cooperation to trade while continuing good political cooperation with Ghana,” she assured.

Touching on the report findings that highly rated Denmark’s numerous support to various sectors of the Ghanaian economy, the Ambassador believed the level of mutual trust established between both countries was what had paved way for trade cooperation.

“We are telling Danish companies to be conscious of the fact that they stand on a platform of good collaboration and mutual trust which has been built up over so many years and we urge them to respect such values that have guided our development cooperation,” she advised.

The acting Director-General of the NDPC, Dr Grace Bediako said the findings would feed into the drafting of Ghana’s medium to long term plans to ensure the country was self-sufficient as it weaned itself off aid.

“The results obtained from the evaluation provide a foundation to the Commission to re-engage in a dialogue with all stakeholders to formulate key strategic options to optimise aid effectiveness in the development discourse,” she said.

Lauding the great support from DANIDA to the country’s development over the years, the acting DG of the NDPC pointed out that “we value the support we have received and we look forward to further productive collaboration in the newly defined partnership for development.”

By Abigail Annoh

 

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