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Mar 4, 2011

UK assists Ghana


Mr. Daniel Graymore, acting Country Director of the United Kingdom (UK) Department of International Development (DFID), has announced that UK has assisted Ghana with £3745-million in support of the country’s development initiatives for the next four years.

 

According to him, Ghana was selected among 27 countries to benefit from that bilateral aid, following a review of the UK’s assistance package for developing countries.

 Mr. Graymore made this announcement in Accra, at a press conference, saying that the aid programme covers various sectors of the economy and spanned the period April 1, 2011 to March 15, 2015.

 He explained that UK sees the support as an investment in Ghana’s development process and also help to lay the foundations for an aid-free future, adding “the UK will increase development assistance to Ghana from £375 million in 2010/11 to £100 million in 2012/2015, bringing the total to £375 million in the next four years.”

 Mr. Graymore touching on areas of benefit from the package, pointed out that UK’s new strategy is to create 144,000 jobs, including 55,000 for women, by 2015.

 He said out of 187,500 beneficiaries women will benefit from the distribution of 4.75 million bed nets in aid of preventing malaria by 2015.

 The press conference was attended by Mr. Matthew Johnson, the Deputy British High Commissioner in Accra, Mrs. Effie Simpson Ekuban, Chief Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and Mr. Tom Crowards, the Deputy Country Director of the DFID.

Source: ISD