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Press Release

May 24, 2011

JICA Donates 30-seater Bus to ECG Training Centre


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the JICA's Technical Cooperation on the Project for Electrical Engineers Training for African Countries has donated a 30-Seater Bus to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Training Centre in Tema. As part of the Project, JICA will deploy Japanese experts to support ECG Training Centre in updating its training curriculum and renewing its training equipment. JICA will also provide equipment including 33KV transformer and train ECG engineers both in Ghana and Japan.

The handing-over of the 30-seater bus, took place at the ECG Training Centre in Tema and it was attended by dignitaries from JICA, ECG and the Ministry of Energy.

Mr. Jiro Inamura JICA's Chief Representative, in his speech, said: ‘Over the years, JICA has supported the power sector in Ghana and has extended a series of grant aid projects for distribution networks in various parts of the country to achieve equitable and inclusive economic development of Ghana.’

JICA's contribution to ECG Training Centre will help address the regional challenge of insufficient human capacity in power supply operations and maintenance, as other West African countries (Where JICA also operates) such as Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone will benefit immensely.

The Acting Managing Director of ECG, Mr. Anthony Gyampo, thanked JICA for the donation and for its commitment to helping improve the quality of human capacity for the operations, expansion and maintenance of power supply in Ghana. He mentioned that the Ghana Government and ECG are working towards making the ECG Training Centre a centre of excellence.

In a speech read on behalf of the Chief Director of the Ministry of Energy, Mr. Wisdom Ahiatogbo, Director of Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy said: ‘JICA has been a key partner in solving the energy challenges we have in Ghana. JICA has helped in the rural electrification project, in disseminating solar PV panels, installation and maintenance of solar energy, especially in the Northern parts of the country. We are grateful to JICA and the Government of Japan for all the numerous contributions to Ghana's energy sector.’

Mr. Jiro Inamura expressed gratitude to ECG, Ministry of Energy and the good people of Ghana for all the solidarity messages and donations, made towards alleviating the plights of victims of the earthquake that devastated parts of Japan. He reiterated the commitment of the Japanese Government and JICA to executing all the projects under the Technical Cooperation between the two countries.


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