The Noguchi Memorial Institute will soon be transformed into a centre of excellence for prevention and control of infectious diseases, for West Africa, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, has revealed.
He said scientists from Ghana and Japan were working under the International Conference for African Development (TICAD) for a framework to commence the project in 2017.
Mr. Yoshimura announced these at the celebration of the 83rd birthday of the Emperor of Japan in Accra yesterday.
He said since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Ghana and Japan, Japan had remained a true friend of Ghana and continued to support sectors of the Ghanaian economy, including agriculture, health, food aid and education.
Mr Yoshimura said the government of Japan was committed to the development of Ghana’s economy, noting that Ghana was the only country with the largest number of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteers due to the tight friendship between the two countries.
Japan was one of the first countries to recognise Ghana immediately after her independence in 1957, and opened its Embassy in Accra, on March 1959,” he said.
The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills, who commended Japan for its supports to Ghana’s economy, expressed government’s appreciation to Japan for the construction of a new bridge across the Volta River.
He said the project when completed would ease the current volume of traffic from the Eastern and Greater Accra Region to the Volta Region and beyond.
“I wish to also commend the Government of Japan for the resumption of the Japanese Yen loan which was suspended for 15 years after Ghana entered into the HIPC initiative in 2001,” he said.
By Bernard Benghan