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President John Mahama has appealed to Germany to help Ghana strengthen its technical and vocational education system so as to produce more middle-level skilled manpower.

?One of the areas we want to see increased assistance is from Germany?s experience in technical and vocational education,? Mr Mahama told Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference in Berlin Monday.

?Ghana is a lower-middle income country progressing into middle-income and we are seeing a strong demand for skilled professionals in terms of technical experience, and so we want to see how vocational and technical training can be strengthened in order that we are able to produce more middle-level manpower,? Mr Mahama said.President John Mahama is in Germany at the invitation of Merkel. He held discussions with the Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck on Monday.

Among his entourage are Foreign Minister Hanna S. Tetteh, Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Education Minister Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman and Ghana?s Ambassador to Germany, Akua Sena Dansua.

Meanwhile Germany has offered to help Ghana solve its energy issues.

Angela Merkel promised to help Ghana end the erratic power supply that has raged on for over a year after the two leaders went into a closed-door discussion. Their talk also touched on issues affecting the continent as a whole.

Merkel said Germany is prepared to support the young oil-producing country in various sectors.

?For Ghana it is providing electricity and electricity supplies which is of the greatest importance and we have been talking about making contribution towards developing renewable energy,? she said at a joint press conference. ?We value the partnership with Ghana and it is a friendly one.?

She added: ?Ghana is a good democracy and good partner in West Africa. Our tides in the field of development cooperation are very close and we will also cooperate closely in the economic spheres.?

President Mahama said: ?On the bilateral cooperation level we have strong cooperation in the area of energy and renewable power and KFW is financing several projects in Ghana in the way of energy. We are working with KFW to increase the power we get from solar energy into Ghana?s transmission grid.?

Source: StarrFMonline

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