Ghana and Japan have signed a $1.7 million grant targeted at supporting the human resource development of highly capable, young government officials who are engaged in formulating and implementing the social and economic development plans of Ghana.
The programme which is known as the Japanese Development Scholarship (JDS) started in 2012 and it is the seventh consecutive year the Asian side is providing the grant to the West Africans.
This year, the programme will provide another 10 young and promising Ghanaian government officials with scholarships to obtain Masters Degrees at Japanese universities such as Kobe University, Nagasaki University, University of Tsukuba and the Hiroshima University.
At a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to sign the Exchange of Notes, Record of Discussions and the Grant Agreement, the Japanese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ghana, Tsutomu Himeno, said the focus of study for the beneficiaries will be in the areas of Public Economics, Health, Agriculture and Energy.
“These academic areas were chosen because the Ghanaian and Japanese governments considered them as strategically important areas in terms of strengthening human resources for Ghana’s national development,” Ambassador Himeno said.