Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has signed two bilateral agreements with the government of Ghana to construct a flyover at the Tema Interchange and also offer scholarships opportunities to some Ghanaians.
The grant amount approved for the Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout Phase 2 project by the Japanese Government is One Hundred and Nine Million Japanese Yen (JPY 109,000,000.00), equivalent to about US$ 1 Million.
Whiles the grant aid for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) program for the year 2021 was Two Hundred and Sixty-three Million Japanese Yen (JPY 263,000,000.00), which is equivalent to about 2.4 Million dollars.
Tema Interchange Project is expected to complement the completed phase 1 interchange project to curb the serious traffic congestion and improve logistics from and to Tema port to boost trade among Ghana and neighbouring countries.
The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) by JICA is a program for the year 2021 which aims to support human resource development in Ghana, targeting highly capable, young government officials who are expected to engage in formulating, drafting and implementing social and economic development plans and to become visionary leaders in the country.
At the virtual signing ceremony, Mr Yasumichi ARAKI, Chief Representative of JICA Ghana Office signed the two grant agreements with Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
The Project for Improvement of the Tema Motorway Roundabout (Phase2) entails a detailed design to construct a flyover at the newly constructed Tema Interchange which was commissioned on June 5, 2020, by President Auffo-Addo.
The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) started in 2012 and has so far dispatched about 78 JDS fellows from Ghana to Japan under this program.
Next year, the JDS program will provide another 13 young and promising Ghanaian government officials with scholarships to obtain doctorate and master’s degrees at the graduate schools of prestigious Japanese universities. They are expected to focus their research on areas of Agriculture, Economics, Energy, Health, Public Administration and Public Financial Management.
JICA since 1963, has provided support to Ghana in several areas including health, road, electricity, agriculture, industry, education, governance and other significant sectors under the scheme of Yen Loans, Grant Aid, and Technical Cooperation.
The total accumulated value is approximately JPY 136.3 billion (USD 1,265 million), JPY 116.8 billion (USD 1,084 million), and JPY 60.6 billion (USD 562 million) respectively (JFY2018).
Especially, in the road sector, JICA funded construction/rehabilitation of 730km of road, 26 of the bridge, and 2 ports. Also, two road projects are currently underway; a loan project for the Construction of a New Bridge across the Volta River, amounting to JPY 11.239 Billion (USD 104 million), and a grant aid project for the rehabilitation of National Trunk Road N8 (Phase 2), amounting to JPY 6.486 Billion (USD 60 million).
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com