February 03, 2011
Accra, Feb 3, GNA-The Australian High Commission in Ghana on Thursday assisted 12 NGOs with GH¢1.1 million to undertake various community development projects.
The projects are in education, solar energy, health, sanitation, skills training and human rights advocacy.
Mr William Billy Williams, Australian High Commissioner, said the support for the projects was a reflection of Australia's commitment to broadening and deepening engagements with Africa to enhance trade and commercial investment as well as strengthening diplomatic links and increased development assistance.
"Australian support to Africa would help build human resource capacity in areas of Australia expertise," he said.
Mr Williams said the Commission was pleased to partner selected Ghanaian organisations that had successfully undergone rigorous and competitive process to implement development projects that would benefit communities throughout the country.
He announced that Australia had increased her development assistance to Africa by 20 per cent and expressed the hope that the assistance would be utilised for the purpose.
Mr Frank Adabre, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Ghana Senior African Project, on behalf of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the Commission and gave the assurance that the assistance would be well utilised.
He said the assistance would enable them improve the living standards in the communities as it would reduce poverty.