The Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekukful (MP) in addressing the World Meteorological Congress at the International Conference Centre, Geneva (CICG) on Tuesday 11th June 2019, stressed on the important role of climatology and hydrology to the socioeconomic development and survival of humankind.
She applauded the WMO’s efforts to assist member countries to transform their national meteorological and hydrological agencies.
She further underscored the importance of meteorology to the government of Ghana and highlighted some of the ongoing efforts being undertaken to transform the Ghana Meteorological Agency.
The legislative framework governing meteorology in Ghana was being reviewed to provide sustainable funding for the agency to enable it provide optimum services to assist the aviation, maritime, agricultural, tourism, mining and all other sectors of the economy, in addition to capacity building of staff and infrastructure development of the Agency.
She however, acknowledged that no country can do it all alone and welcomed the 2019 WMO Congress agenda of encouraging data sharing among Member States and called for the need to foster effective public private partnerships.
This, she said would strengthen early warning systems and resistance to climate change for the benefit of all.
During a bilateral meeting with the Director General of Météo-France, Mr. Jean-Marc Lacave, discussions were held on establishing a partnership with GMet centred on improving service delivery to respond timeously to climate challenges, improve weather forecasting, infrastructure development and strengthening cooperation.
This could be achieved through a PPP project to modernise the operations of the Ghana Meteorological Agency. At the meeting, the two countries proposed to cooperate on development of Early Warning Systems to help mitigate disasters such as drought, flash floods etc.
The Minister also met Dr. Luis W. Uccellini, the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the WMO and discussed capacity building for developing countries, particularly Ghana, using the African Desk of the WMO in the U.S.
She however, requested USA to make its satellite data available to African countries to help improve weather forecasts for early warning signals since most hurricanes that hit America originate from West Africa.
They should also consider establishing a weather forecasting station in West Africa, preferably Ghana, to assist their own early warning system and transfer knowledge to build the capacity of African meteorologists too. This, She said, would solve multiple challenges at once.
Finally, Dr. Luis Uccellini also sought Ghana’s support for his candidature as President of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)