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EU introduces new regional programme

The European Union (EU) and the German Government (GIZ) paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) on the 18th of April 2024 at the Ministry.

The meeting discussed the new EU Regional Programme, and the preparations towards the implementation of the programme in Ghana. The Programme seeks to dwell on Local Governance and Social Cohesion in the Upper West Region, Wa.

The programme is set to build on Social Cohesion and Resilience and it is implemented across border countries. The Countries to benefit include, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast and Ghana (SKBoWa).

The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Amin Abdul-Rahaman, expressed his gratitude to the EU and the German Government team for seeking to implement such a good initiative in Ghana. He mentioned that, the Programme is a laudable idea and the Ministry is ready to support and give the best to help develop and improve the programme.

He explained that, programmes that dwelled on Local Governance and Social Cohesion are always welcome because it paves the path for good governance and development. He assured the EU and the German Government team of the unwavering support from the Ministry 

In their presentation, the team from EU and the German Government expressed appreciation to the Ministry for the support. According to them, preparations for the start of the programme started two years ago and all potential beneficiaries have been involved in the process.

They mentioned that, the objective of the programme is to reduce risk for human safety, improve on good Local Governance, Social Cohesion and Economic Development across border countries. The Duration of the programme is 2024 to 2027 and the funding involved is a technical support fund from the EU and the German Government.

In explaining their next course of action for the programme, they stated that, the selection of the intervention zones is needed. They also reiterated that; the programme is going to build on some interventions already been initiated.

The Minister for MLGDRD, Hon. Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah, received the programme with much gratitude and mentioned that, this is very crucial at a time when our borders are not safe and much intervention was needed. He also assured the EU and German Government team of the coordination between them and the Ministry to help implement the programme successfully.

Source:             RHODALINE ABBA
                              (Public Relations Unit, MLGDRD)


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