On July 29, 2019, the Minister of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ms Anja Karliczek traveled to Ghana as part of a working visit to the country.
Ms Karliczek and her delegation spent three days in Accra engaging with her Ghanaian counterparts such as the Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng and the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoko Prempeh on a wide range of educational and research related issues.
On Tuesday, July 30, she attended the Ministerial Conference of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), a large-scale research-focused climate service centre funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and based in Accra. The centre pools the expertise of eleven West African countries to strengthen the research infrastructure in the region. The Meeting has brought together Ministers responsible for the implementation of climate change responses in the 11 West African countries to review past efforts and formulate new pragmatic policies to accelerate the delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 13.
Minister Karliczek also visited the University of Ghana and met with the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu. She was briefed on some research initiatives taking place in the country that are supported by the German Government. They include, TAKeOFF for Tackling the Obstacles to Fight Filariasis and Adaption of systemic concrete Infrastructure to environment-related challenges and risks also referred to as INFRACOST.
During her three-day working visit, Minister Karliczek signed a joint declaration of intent on vocational training with her counterpart, Minister Matthew Opoko Prempeh, iMove and local vocational training providers.
She also signed a five-year partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to run a programme dubbed “Next Einstein Initiative” which aims at building the capacities of mathematics and science students in Africa.