On Monday, 11th November 2019, I led government delegation for bilateral talks with a Chinese delegation led by H.E Sun Chunlan, Vice-Premier of the People’s Republic of China, at Jubilee House, the seat of Government.
We discussed various matters of mutual benefits to both Ghana and China. Quite significant among the key takeaways from our meetings is the fact that China government has released funding for the construction of roads captured in the first phase of the Sinohydro Bauxite for infrastructure facility.
Assisted by the visiting Vice-Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, H.E Sun Chunlan, we also cut sod at the Tema Technical Institute for construction works to begin on the $130m TVET upgrade project, which would see construction and or upgrading of training facilities in 15 TVET institutions with state of the art equipment. The fifteen institutions to benefit from this facility are:
- Bolga Technical University
- Cape Coast Technical University
- Kumasi Technical University
- Sunyani Technical University
- Tamale Technical University
- Tema Technical Institute
- Ashiaman Technical Institute
- Comboni Technical Institute
- St. Pauls Technical Institute
- Takoradi Technical institute
- Kumasi Technical Institute
- Bawku Technical Institute
- St. Josephs Technical institute
- Sunyani Methodist Technical Institute
- Cape Coast Technical institute
The institutions will see upgrades in and construction of state of the art training workshops for mechanical engineering, automobile engineering, civil engineering, welding engineering and others.
This is a major transformation of TVET education in Ghana.
The government of China is also providing 100 vehicles for the Ghana Police Service and at the same time offered to Ghana 300 million Yuan, (approximately Ghc236.1m or $42.79m) grant and debt write off of 250 million Yuan (approximately GHc196.82m or $35.66m).