Government officials to be trained in Japanese Universities

Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway(right) exchanging documents with  Mr Kaora Yoshimora after the signing. Photo Mercy Amparbeng (3)

Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botchway(right) exchanging documents with Mr Kaora Yoshimora after the signing. Photo Mercy Amparbeng

Ghana and Japan have signed a $1.7 million grant agreement for the training of 10 young and promising government officials in Japanese universities as part of the Human Resource Development Scholarship 2017.

Beneficiaries of the scholarship will pursue master’s degrees in areas including public health, economics, agriculture and energy.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration signed for Ghana while Mr Kaoru Yoshimura, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, signed for his country.

At a ceremony for the exchange of notes and grant agreements, Mr Yoshimura said the universities for the scholarship, included Nagasaki, Kobe, Tsukuba and Hiroshima.

He said the academic areas were chosen because both countries considered them as strategically important for strengthening human resources for Ghana’s national development.

He said the scholarship scheme also known as “JDS programme” since its inception in 2012, had offered a variety of programmes to many Ghanaians, while about 300 Ghanaian government officials benefitted from similar opportunities, last year.

“The government of Japan believes that human resource development is key to foster development”, he said and stressed his government’s continual support through the scholarship.

Ms Botchway said since the inception of the JDS programme in 2012, 45 Ghanaians including these year’s batch had benefitted, adding that that had helped build Ghana’s human resource capacity and enhanced the relations between the two countries.

She advised beneficiaries to study hard so they could pass successfully and contribute to the development of the country and warned them not to betray the confidence reposed in them.

She expressed gratitude to the Japanese government for its continued support.

By Jonathan Donkor

 

 

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