The Korea Alumini Association of Ghana (KAAG) has held its second General Assembly meeting, in Accra, last Friday, calling for strengthening of global partnership to tackle COVID-19.
KAAG is made of individuals who had studied on scholarship and other training programmes in Korea, through the facilitation of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Ghana.
With over 1000 members in Ghana, the Association has the goal of contributing to national development through shared knowledge, expertise and experiences acquired in Korea.
The Korea Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Lim Jung-Taek, said COVID-19 had reinforced the fact that mutual partnership among countries was important to spur socio-economic growth.
He noted that Korea had supported Ghana since the outbreak of the pandemic in areas of vaccine acquisition, test kits, personal protective equipment and other relief items, to augment Ghana’s COVID-19 response measures.
“The current pandemic we are all battling with has taught us that mutual partnership and co-operation are inevitable more than ever to overcome it. Together, we will win against it,” Mr Jung-Taek said.
He urged members of KAAG to leverage the knowledge, experiences and networks gained in Korea to contribute to national growth.
“This is how you can start effecting and spreading change in every field or corner you find yourself as a Korean trained alumini member,” Mr Jung-Taek advised.
Country Director of KOICA, Moo Heon Kong, said this year, 27 government officials were awarded Master’s Degree scholarships in Korea while 94 others benefitted from five country specific training programmes.
Beneficiaries, he said, were selected from some ministries and institutions, including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, Ghana Audit Service and the Ministry of Works and Housing.
Touching on the COVID-19, Mr Kong cautioned that although the “country was gradually winning the fight against the disease, we all must continue to take better care of our health under the current situation. We are in to stay safe and healthy.”
The President of KAAG, Mr Dominic Adjei Annang, thanked the government of Korea for the immense investment made in the human resource capacity of Ghana over the years.
In his view, tackling COVID-19 could only be achieved through “global partnership with collective responsibility rather than limiting the solutions to individual states.”
Mr Annang appealed to the Korean government not to relent in its efforts at supporting Ghana to accelerate its development.
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