Japan is helping Ghana build more roads with a $57 million grant facility

Japan has granted Ghana $57 million to help rehabilitate some roads in the country.

President Akudo-Addo and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

This follows an agreement signed between the government of Ghana and Japan after the two heads of state, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, had a bilateral talk on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

The grant will be used for the rehabilitation of phase two of the national trunk road, N8. The roads are in the Central Region and Ashanti Region of the country.

Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Frank Okyere and the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno both signed the agreement on behalf of the two countries.

President Nana Addo speaking after the signing the agreement indicated the rehabilitation of the N8 trunk road “would go a long way to facilitate the movement of goods and people, as well as open up that area of the country for development.

The government of Japan, in 1994, completed the construction of National Trunk Road N8, through an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan (176km) to Ghana. Yet the rapid increase of traffic volumes resulted in the deterioration of some section of the roads hence the need for the agreement to help in the rehabilitation.

In a quest to strengthening the cooperation between the two countries, the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed Japan’s continued support to Ghana’s efforts at its socio-economic development in the areas of quality infrastructure development, strengthening of the foundation for industrial development including agriculture as well as for health and human resource development.

The Prime Minister said this was in relation to President Akufo-Addo’s Ghana Beyond Aid vision.

“Ghana holds a strategically important position in the West Africa Growth Ring Corridor Development to enhance connectivity and promote economic activities in the sub-region,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo also expressed his sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Abe for the recent signing of the Exchange of Notes for the Project for Addressing Malnutrition in Ashanti and Northern Regions, and also for Japan’s support to human resource development and skills transfers in Ghana such as the National KAIZEN Project, the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative), and the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS).

A press release after the bilateral talk as well revealed that, “the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of promoting resilient health systems towards the achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), as a prerequisite for Ghana’s human security and growth, and expressed their intention to discuss the issue as one of the focused areas at TICAD7.

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