VISIT OF PRESIDENT MAHAMA TO UNESCO
H.E John Dramani Mahama as part of an official trip to France visited the UNESCO Headquarters on 5th October, 2015. The President was received at UNESCO by the Director-General, Mrs Irina Bokova and the management of UNESCO as well as African Permanent Delegates to UNESCO. This was immediately followed by a bilateral meeting between the two leaders.
In her welcome remarks, the Director-General applauded the active participation of Ghana in the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also welcomed the valuable contributions by Ghana during her tenure as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO. She praised Ghana’s resolve to fight against early child marriage and singled out Ghana’s role in bridging the gender of gap at the basic level of education in the Education for All (EFA) survey.
Continuing, Mrs Irina Bokova, thanked Ghana for her achievements with regards to the MDGs as well as attaining middle-income status and lauded Ghana as a haven of peace and democracy in Africa. On culture and heritage the Director-General indicated that Ghana has a rich cultural heritage and welcomed the recent ratification of the UNESCO cultural conventions.
Responding, President John Dramani Mahama thanked the Director-General for the warm reception accorded him and his delegation and praised the leadership and remarkable stewardship of Mrs Bokova even in the face of UNESCO’s financial challenges. He also congratulated UNESCO on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. Continuing, H.E the President stated that since joining UNESCO on 11th April, 1958, Ghana had cooperated with and benefited from UNESCO in the areas of its core competences namely: education, the sciences, culture, and ICT. One of the projects from which Ghana has benefited is the Lake Bosomtwe biosphere project which through the help of UNESCO, received a USD 1.4 million facility from the Spanish Government.
GHANAIAN COMPANY RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD
The Global Trade Leaders Club on Monday October 19, presented its International Award for Leadership in Image & Quality, to a Ghanaian company based in Takoradi, Justmoh Construction Limited, for its leadership in the construction sector in Ghana. The award ceremony was held at the Hotel Meridien Etoile, Paris, in the presence of a cross-section of dignitaries. .
In picking up this prestigious international award, JUSTMOH Construction Limited, joins a select group of companies, whose managers have received recognition in their respective fields for their achievements and business acumen. This award comes a year after the company received an award in Excellence in Business Practices from German consulting group Helaba. .
The Global Trade Leaders Club (GTLC) is an association of entrepreneurs made up of 7,000 members in 95 countries. The International Award for Leadership in Image and Quality was created as a promotional programme offering additional support for publicity and marketing campaigns as well as creating a network between businessmen and women from around the world. Membership of the GTLC is limited to previously awarded companies.
Established in 1991, Justmoh Construction Limited is engaged in the construction industry in Ghana. Its activities range from road construction and rehabilitation to building construction. The company has acquired tremendous experience in the years since its inception and endeavours to provide options and variety in design in order to provide construction services of the utmost quality to help improve Ghana’s developmental infrastructure. Justmoh has a fundamental mission of delivering quality products in the area of roads as well as other civil works, general building works, cement manufacturing and the sale of ready mix concrete and concrete products throughout West Africa, at a competitive price.
GHANA BECOMES THE 50TH MEMBER OF THE OECD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
OECD Development Centre – Paris, 6 October 2015, Ghana’s entry today into the OECD Development Centre marks a significant stride in support of the country’s inclusive growth and development strategy. It also deepens the Centre’s global representativeness and institutional cooperation with pan-African arenas as it welcomes its 9th African member country.
The second largest economy in West Africa, Ghana has experienced solid growth over the last three decades. Its strong productive base and dynamic population are key assets in the wake of reforms aimed at tackling the challenges of macroeconomic stability, energy supply and economic diversification. Growth prospects remain positive, with a gross domestic product projected to increase by 3.9% in 2015, according to the latest African Economic Outlook. Ghana joins 49 OECD and non-OECD countries that are already members of the OECD Development Centre. The Centre helps decision makers find policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies.
Ghana’s accession to the OECD Development Centre was endorsed today during a special session of the Governing Board in the presence of the President of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, in the framework of the OECD Development Week 2015 at the Organisation’s headquarters.
FRANCE GIVES GHANA €37.50M FOR ROAD, DRAINAGE PROJECTS
The French government has provided an amount of €37.50 million to finance the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project. The project also involves the construction of the Lake road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works.
The amount paid by the French Development Agency (AfD) is part of a bilateral agreement between the two countries. The funding amount coincides with a visit to France by Ghana's President John Mahama. The two met on Monday at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
The French President Francois Hollande lauded President John Mahama for helping bring stability to the West African sub-region during his tenure as Chair of ECOWAS.
He singled out his Ghanaian counterpart for praise for the meticulous way in which he addressed the coup situation in Burkina Faso late last year as well as his contribution to the sub-region's management of the Ebola outbreak which claimed thousands of lives.
During his tenure as chair of ECOWAS, President Mahama also supervised peaceful elections in Nigeria and Togo before he handed over to Senegal's Macky Sall.
The two leaders who were meeting for the second time since both came into power also discussed the security situation in the West African subregion, the Economic Partnership Agreement and French support for development projects in Ghana.