Information Minister Lauds India For Supporting Projects

Mr.Mahama Ayariga,presenting the dummy cheque to Banor Chukwuwezam with them are Mr.Shri K. Jeeva Saga(left)Idian High Commission and Mr.Shrikumar Sangiah(second,Left)of Woxsen Business schoo1 l.photoMr. Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Information and Media Relations has commended the Indian High Commission for providing assistance in setting up projects, in the country.

“So far, the government of India has extended lines of credit amounting totalling US$ 228.73 million to government of Ghana for various developmental projects,” he said.

He disclosed this at the Indiafrica business venture competition awards night 2014 hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) on Tuesday.

Indiafrica is a unique pan-Africa youth outreach and people-to-people contact programme that invites creative exchange between young Africans and Indians through multi-disciplinary series of contests and the young visionaries’ fellowship for entrepreneurs.

Mr. Ayariga said some of the projects included the Kofi Annan Centre of I.C.T; Flagstaff House, the Pan African E-Network projects among others.

He, however, said Ghana had also been a participant in India’s contribution to the human resource development through programmes such as the Indian Technical Economic Co-operation (ITECH).

He said Ghana had trained 300 people through scholarships and exchange programmes.

Mr. Ayariga said Africa and India should come together to shape and mould the future and leave inprint on events as they slip past into history.

“The desired future we want for our countries can only be a result of our own hard work as well as the principles of honesty and statesmanship we inculcate in the generation after us,” he said.

Mr. Ayariga entreated the awards winners to take advantage of the windows of the opportunities associated with winning the awards so as to develop themselves, their businesses and the society at large.

The Indian High Commissioner, Shri K.Jeeva Saga, said, youth entrepreneurship development was to encourage the youth towards self development, instead of relying on already created jobs which could affect their innovations.

He said initiatives should be taken to help entrepreneurs to dig into more untapped ideas, the youth must get all the necessary support from people especially NGOs, government and other institutions to push their creative and beneficial ideas and plans into fruition’.

He said the driving vision of the competition was to encourage cross fertilisation of ideas, increase trade and better understanding among businesses.

The competition which had over 1800 registration from 40 African countries and India came out with eight finalists made up of young entrepreneurs.

The two grand prize winners were Obanor Chukwuwezam from Nigeria and Prabhat Kuman from India. They both won RS750,000 each and a trip to Davos during the World Economic Forum in 2015. This year’s competition brought together eights teams (four each from India, two from Nigeria and one each from Senegal and Zambia). By Agnes Opoku Sarpong   

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