Global energy company Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ghana to address the country’s energy and infrastructure challenges.
The collaboration will also contribute to the government’s growth and development agenda of creating high-quality jobs and enhancing the vocational skills of Ghana’s youth.
The MoU was signed by Siemens and the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) in the presence of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo and the President and global CEO of Siemens AG, Joe Kaeser.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work collaboratively to upgrade and extend Ghana’s transmission infrastructure, improve the country’s grid capacity and stability, enable and expand a stable power export to neighbouring countries in the West African Power Pool.
‘Access to electricity is an imperative need for the people and business and, thus, for the economic success of any economy. As Ghana has significantly invested into generation capacity, there is now an urgent need to build a reliable, affordable and sustainable electrical network for the country and its people,’ said Kaeser.
‘With our proven and unique end-to-end electrification solutions, our expertise and reliability, Siemens can be a technology partner and help the country achieve its objectives,’ Kaeser added.
Socio-economic development goals
The President has set out to achieve an ambitious strategy to transform the country, both socially and economically, driving its progress to become a sustainably industrialised county.
The government is currently delivering on the promises made in their 2016 election manifesto. These goals include the issuing of National ID Cards, the reduction of electricity prices, reviving Ghana’s railways and reversing the trend of declining economic growth.
‘We applaud Ghana for all its achievements under the leadership of President Nana Akufo- Addo. We are eager to contribute to Ghana’s successes by creating local value and being a powerful and reliable regional partner to the country’s socio-economic development goals,’ said Kaeser.
To support Ghana’s increasing need to reform the national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system, Siemens will also educate and train young Ghanaians in various engineering disciplines and provide training on Siemens equipment for STEM education and TVET.
Credit: Africa Briefing