Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration signed a $200 million grant agreement with the Japanese government yesterday for the implementation of a Japanese-funded scholarship programs for government officials.
This year, 13 officials will be sponsored by the annual program to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees in Japan.
The program is funded by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s ‘Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS),’ which was launched in 2012. (JICA).
Its goal is to provide young government officials with the opportunity to pursue higher education in Japan in order to improve their ability to actively participate in the implementation of social and economic development programs.
Those who pass the selection interview are scheduled to travel to Japan in August of this year.
Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who signed on behalf of the country, expressed gratitude to the Japanese government and people for their support. He assured the Japanese government that beneficiaries would be carefully chosen in order to build their capacity to contribute to the country’s accelerated development.
The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mochizuki Hisanobu, who signed on behalf of Japan, stated that human resource investment was at the heart of his country’s development.
Mr Mochizuki said beneficiaries would be pursuing courses of vital importance in some of the best Japanese universities which, he said, were carefully selected by a team of Ghanaian and Japanese officials.
“Let me add that the highest priority in our cooperation with the Government of Ghana is to provide support to improve livelihoods. I would like to express my appreciation to you for your wonderful cooperation on project formulation and coordination,” he said.