The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Country Office in Ghana is committing 70 per cent of its budget to support four priority areas in Ghana, under its Country Partnership Strategy II (CPS) for the period 2016-2020.
One of the four priority areas is the implementation of 2.6 million dollar Human Resources Development Plan for capacity building and establishment of state-of-the –art centre for the Ghana Grid Company.
Other areas of intervention of the CPS II, which provides the overall policy direction of the development assistance of the Korean government to Ghana, are in agriculture, health, and rural development.
The KOICA Policy Advisor, Hyun Yi, disclosed this in a presentation to the KIOCA Alumni Association, preceding fun games held at the Korean Association Park in Tema to mark Ghana’s Republic Day last Friday.
The fun games also provided a platform for the members of the alumni who have benefited from scholarship and other training programmes to share their experiences.
He said the strategy aims to contribute to the successful achievement of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II, the medium term development policy framework for 2014-2017.
The KIOCA Policy Advisor said Ghana was selected for the second CPS following the successful completion of the CPS I.
Mr Yi added that the strategy aims to achieve poverty reduction and balancing the sustainable growth of the country as well as “strengthening the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries based on mutual respect and understanding.”
Under the energy programme, Mr Yi said KIOCA was supporting the development of Human Resource Development Plan for Ghana’s Transmission System which seeks to strengthen the medium and long term capacity of Ghanaian transmission engineers and the establishment of state-of-the-art training centre for the Ghana Grid Company.
He said the implementation of the agriculture and rural development intervention programme would emphasise on good agricultural practice, business training on value chain management, farmers’ bargaining power for market with the overall objective of strengthening farmer based cooperatives to improve the livelihood of farmers.
Ghana and the Republic of Korea have bilateral cooperation since 1992 and the KOICA Ghana Office was established in 2010 to implement the Korean government’s aid and technical cooperation programmes in the country.
The President of the alumni, Reverend Stephen Yaw Osei, Deputy Director of Policy Planning and Monitoring at the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, expressed gratitude to the Korean government for its scholarship and training programmes for Ghanaians who are working in both the public and private sectors and contributing to the country’s development.
From Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, Tema