The package involves, a donation of one million dollar telecommunication equipment for the University of Ghana, Legon, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the University of Cape Coast, a three million dollar video conferencing equipment and a Strategic Partnership Memorandum of Understanding between the Company and the Ministry of Communications, to support Ghana’s e-governance project.
The package was announced at the company’s headquarters in Shenzen, the economic hub of Guadong Province of China, when President John Evans Atta Mills as part of his state visit to China, toured the facilities of the company.
Mr Zhan Weiqiang Managing Director of Huawei, signed for the company, whiles Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Trade and Industry signed for Ghana.
The Huawei Technologies Company Limited is acknowledged as being the global number two telecom solution provider, with strong partnership with leading operators, including Vodafone and MTN, among other global leading telecommunication companies.
The company, established in 1998, has 20 Research and Development centres world wide, with over five branch offices covering 14 countries in West Africa.
The package is one of the benefits that have so far accrued from President Mills visit. The Asian nation had earlier, signed development packages of more than three billion dollars in the form of a loan, through the China Development Bank for the development of the energy sector and ancillary sectors.
Also, a 10.4 billion dollar investment package, through the China Export and Import Bank, for the road transport and railway sectors, and another 10.2 billion dollars from the private sector for the railways, were signed.
The Bosai Minerals Group Company Limited is also assisting with 1.2 billion dollars, to revamp Ghana’s bauxite and aluminium industries.
In a video conferencing from the Huawei premises in Shenzen to Beijing, where the Ministers accompanying the delegation were, President Mills declared that Government is on the right path in its development programme to improve the lives of Ghanaians.
He said the “Better Ghana Agenda” of Government is on course and called on all stakeholders to rally behind Government and work hard to bring the ideals of the programme to fruition.
The “Better Ghana” programme hinges on job creation, investment in people, creating opportunities for all and running an open, honest and transparent Government.
With the massive development packages from China to Ghana, in the various sectors, President Mills was hopeful of a rapid national development and urged Ghanaians to get on board, “to realise the light at the end of the tunnel”.
President Mills charged his Ministers to facilitate the implementation of Government’s programmes.
The President, earlier, urged African Ambassadors to China, to bring their experiences on the massive transformation to bear in their home countries.
He reminded the Minister that “the ball is now in Government’s court” to strengthen its drive for national progress and prosperity.
He thanked the company for its assistance and the training programme for Ghanaians as well as the scholarships for 50 Ghanaian graduates this year.