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Ghana and Japan today had a dialogue on Construction of TEMA motorway roundabout at International conference centre in Accra.

Jamyonline had an interview with Hon. Akwasi Amoako Attah who is the Minister for Road and Highway and he explained, "Ghana and Japan 1st  public -private Quality Infrastructure Dialogue, the first of many to be held in a bid to provide a platform for cooperation between the public and private sectors of Ghana and Japan.

This dialogue is a follow up of the high Quality Infrastructure Conference held in May this year. Ghana is exceptionally happy that the public sector is leading this initiative to encourage the private sector to network with the Japanese private sector to exchange ideas and thereby build capacity.

This forum seeks to facilitate more concrete discussion regarding the Infrastructure needs in Ghana, and ways through which Japanese companies may cooperate with Ghana to meet these needs,he said."

Hon. Akwasi Amoako emphasized,"Ghana appreciate the interest of the Japanese Government in the infrastructure sector of Ghana.

Ghana has benefited immensely from the friendship with Japan and we appreciate appreciate the  Japanese government for recognizing Ghana's economic potential and providing their support through the implementation of various projects and Technical Assistants.

Ghana has embraced the high quality infrastructure concept from Japan as a critical element for stable socioeconomic growth in  response to the infrastructure deficit in the country.

We acknowledge high quality infrastructure might appear to have a high initial cost, but in the long run its durability, environmental friendliness and disaster resilience and reduction in overall maintenance cost creates value for money with its reduced lifecycle cost."

In conclusion Hon. Akwasi Amoako Attah said, "Ghanaian companies will take advantage of this platform to learn Japan's cutting -edge technologies and methodologies in construction as well as effective ways to incorporate environmental, social and safety  consideration ,and scheduling for on - time completion. Ghanaians believe that in strengthening the cooperation between Ghana and Japan today develop high quality infrastructure,we, stand to mutually benefit from this cooperation and also promote strong sustainable and balanced growth, which will create jobs for the  people of Ghana,he said."

Source: Kofi Dwumah /

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