The Deputy British High Commission to Ghana, Ms. Menna Rawlings, has emphasized that there is no deliberate policy by the British High Commission of making it difficult for Ghanaians who want to acquire visas to travel to the UK.
According to her, genuine visa applicants would always be granted visas to enable them pursue their goals.
Speaking in an interview with Kapital Radio, Ms. Rawlings said to facilitate the process of visa acquisition, the embassy has opened an outscored visa application service centre in Kumasi as one of the means aimed at improving access to their services.
She also noted that the British government is very conscious of the mass exodus of health and other professionals in the country to advanced countries. She said the UK is talking about it at the governmental level to find ways to address the problem. Whilst acknowledging the enormity of the brain drain syndrome, she advised those who wish to further their education in the UK to endeavour to return to the country to contribute their quota after their education.
She disclosed that the UK is Ghana's leading bilateral development partner and also the largest importer of Ghanaian goods.
The Deputy High Commissioner had earlier opened an educational fair dubbed the education UK Ghana fair at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi. She said the fair is to enhance the opportunities for Ghanaian students wishing to have part of their education in the UK. She announced that over 2000 Ghanaians go to study in the UK every year.