Accra, August 30, 2018 – The Hon. Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta on Thursday, August 30, 2018, hosted the German Federal Minister for Development and Corporation, Dr. Gerd Müller, at the Ministry of Finance (MoF).
The visit of the German Federal Minister is part of the state visit by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who is leading an economic delegation to explore business and investment opportunities in the country.
Dr. Müller expressed the readiness of the German Government to invest in the youth of the country by establishing Skills Development Centers, to help improve on the country’s human capital resources. According to Dr. Müller, the Skills Development Centers will focus on training in the areas of construction, energy and agriculture. He added that the dual system, being professional, as well as technical and vocational training, will go a long way to improve the human capital resources of the country, as companies needed skilled personnel for their operations.
The Finance Minister expressed his gratitude to the German government for the initiative, adding that it was a step in the right direction, as the Government of Ghana is also very interested in improving on the human capital resources of the country. He added that this will also empower young people and enable them start their own businesses, which will in the long run help reduce the unemployment in the country.
Among the German delegation were H.E. Christoph Retzlaff, German Ambassador to Ghana and Dr. Stefan Oswal, Director-General of the Marshall Plan with Africa, Displacement and Migration.
Also in attendance were Mr. Patrick Nomo, Chief Director, MoF; Mr. Michael Ayesu, Director, External Resource Mobilization (Multilateral) MoF; Mrs. Yvonne Quansah, Director, External Resource Mobilization (Bilateral) MoF; Mr. David Klotey Collison, Director, Public Investment Division, MoF; Mrs. Stella Williams, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, MoF and Mr. Samuel Arkhurst, Director, Debt Management, MoF as well as other officials from the Ministry of Finance. END