60 Years Ghana and Germany - Partners for the Future
Enlarge image (© German Embassy Accra) Ghana and Germany
Ghana and Germany have established diplomatic relations 60 years ago. Since the process of democratization began in 1992 in Ghana, the two countries have intensified their diverse but vibrant cooperation.
Did you know that
- the German bilateral development cooperation with Ghana has exceeded 1.5 billion euros since 1956?
- Germany is Ghana's most important supplier of vehicles?
- There is a German school abroad in Accra attended by children from the age of six to fifteen from Ghana, Germany and many other countries who are learning in a common environment?
- The Kwame Nkrumah University Science Technology (KNUST) alone is rich of more than 40 professors and lecturers who have studied in Germany?
Ghana and Germany share the common values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law. Both countries are working in international organizations to ensure peace, especially in the face of the terrorist threat, and to rebuild the health care system in the countries affected by Ebola.
Many mutual visits testify to the close political relations between the two countries. In the framework of the G20 Africa Conference in Berlin in June 2017 President Nana Akufo-Addo and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel hold bilateral talks. But also the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of both countries, Hon. Shirley Botchway and Sigmar Gabriel as well as the Ghanaian Minister for Finance Ken Offori-Atta and the German Minister for Development Cooperation Gerd Müller met personally and agreed a new Reform Partnership between Ghana and Germany and discusse fields of close cooperation.
Apart from the Embassy in Accra, numerous other German institutions are also present in Ghana: Enlarge image Ambassador Retzlaff in a pose with some of the farmers (© German Ambassador)
The German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Reconstruction Fund Corporation (KfW) and the German Investment and Development Company (DEG), working particularly in the area of development cooperation, focus on good governance and decentralization, agriculture and sustainable economic development.
The German Business Delegation (AHK) and the Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) ensure good economic relations. They inform German and Ghanaian companies about economic and investment opportunities, organize delegation trips and support the initiation of business relations. Enlarge image (© German Embassy Accra)
The Goethe-Institut, the DAAD and the German school abroad GSIS are active in the cultural and educational sector. About 1000 students learn the German language at the Goethe-Institut every year. In addition, Goethe-Institut promotes cultural exchange between the two countries and provides information about Germany. Increasingly more people want to study in Germany - the DAAD office in Accra provides advice in this regard. Over the past five years, more than 3,000 students from Ghana have been studying at a German university, majority of whom have been awarded a DAAD scholarship.
60 years after the commencement of diplomatic relations between Ghana and Germany, sustainable economic development and chances for the Ghanaian youth are top on the agenda. Together with its partner organizations in Ghana, the German Embassy Accra has therefore identified three thematic areas in which special projects are being carried out during this anniversary year:
- Promotion of the private sector.
As contribution to youth development, Germany is currently supporting four vocational training centres that are training women in the electronic skills. In 2017, the first badge of 100 trainees will complete their training. This will mark the beginning of an electronics sector in Ghana, which employs well-educated women.
In the environmental sector, Germany supports Ghana in the sustainable disposal of electronic waste in order to curb the negative effects of the existing scrap economy on the environment and human health. In the context of this project, Germany supports the setting up of a recycling fund, which aims at providing incentives for sustainable disposal.
Enlarge image H.E. Ambassador Retzlaff (right) und H.E. Dr. Bawumia (left) (© AHK Ghana)
A meeting between German business representatives, Ambassador Christoph Retzlaff and the Vice-President of Ghana Mahamudu Bawumia was a positive signal for the private sector. German businesses are hoping for better investment conditions and the new government in Ghana also emphasizes the importance of strengthening private companies and making Ghana more attractive to foreign investment.
The German Presidency of the G20 states this year has brought Africa in the focus. This will add additional momentum to the German-Ghanaian partnership. We look forward to a close and reliable cooperation and a successful commitment to our common goals.