The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei- Mensah, yesterday, 13th March, 2017, received two delegations in his office. The Indian high Commissioner to Ghana and the executives of the Ashanti Regional Chapter of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).
The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Birender Singh Yadav payed a courtesy call on the regional Minister to discussed how they can build and deepen the existing relationship between the two countries.
High on the agenda was about exploring avenues for economic and cultural development of the two countries.
Another important issue they discussed about was the energy sector and how they can help in tackling them.
The Commissioner’s visit was among other things, to build and deepens bilateral relationship between the region and India.
The meeting of the two countries was also to find ways to enhance the economic as well as cultural partnership, while making sure the Ashanti Region benefits from the numerous exchange programmes available.
India, according to the High Commissioner, wants to explore how they can work to promote culture and traditions with the Ashanti region.
The High Commissioner said his country is aware of the rich traditions of the region, and would, therefore, ensure that there is an exchange cultural programme between India and Ashanti region.
Mr. Birender Yadav said, ” Ashanti has unique and great traditions and culture, and we will be happy to be part of it.”
The Regional Minister pushed for a trade exhibition programme between Ghana and India as a way to open the two countries to the many economic and investment opportunities.
He said the region will continue to work to deepens the existing relationship between the region and India.
On the other hand, were the Ashanti Regional Chapter of NUGS to congratulate the minister on his appointment, and also to discuss with him, ways for the two to build a solid foundation for the smooth take-off of the government’s Free education programme.
The students also took the opportunity to brief the minister on their activities and how they intend to support education at the various villages, while ensuring that the student front becomes vibrant to fight for the growth of students in the region.
The regional minister encouraged the students to be ready to lead the transformational agenda of the government while also leading the efforts to restoring national pride and patriotism among Ghanaians, particularly, the youth.
Mr. Osei-Mensah emphasized that he was ready to run an open administration and further stressed his desire to partner with any institutions that were ready to work for the growth of the region and the country.
In line with the NPP government’s position on youth empowerment, the regional minister added that he will focus on working to empower the youth to play their roles in the development of the nation.
According to the minister, for the country to prosper, it was necessary that “we make effective and efficient utilization of time for the progress of our people.”
The student body was led by it’s regional president Gabriel Kofi Akpah, Jennifer Bema Aware and others.
Source: Sammy Adjei/Gabriel Amoah/Newsghana.com.gh