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GOVERNMENT SIGN MOU WITH SAUDI FUND

The Government of Ghana and led by the Minister of finance, Hon. Ken ofori Atta has signed a ceremony with Saudi fund for the construction of additional facilities to adjunct clinical blocks at the Bolgatanga regional hospital in the Upper East Region.

The Saudi Fund which is fund by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide financial support worth 75 million Saudi Riyals equivalent to US$20.0 million will also supply and provide installation of equipment of medical equipment to the Bolgantanga Regional Hospital.

Addressing the media at the signing on ceremony in Accra, the minister of finance, Hon. Ken ofori Atta said that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Saudi fund for development has supported Ghana with concessional facilities in various projects including the rehabilitation of the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital Phase 2 which is near completion.

He said the Madina pantang Section of the Tetteh Quashie Mamfe Road Project, Rural Health centre Project 1 and 2, northern grid power project, Tema and Takoradi Port rehab and the kpong hydroelectric have all been completed.

According to him, Government is preparing a Ghana Development Cooperation policy(GDCP) document which is aimed at improving the effective and strategic use of development cooperation to support the implementation of national medium Term Development plan which will support our relationship with our development partners and Saudi Arabia.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu in an interview added that the money received from the Saudi Fund is going to help for the completion of the Bolgatanga hospital and urged all those who will be involved in the implementation of these projects to work diligently for the successful execution of the work.

The Chairman and Managing Director, Saudi Fund for Development, Khalid S. AIkhudairy in his speech said, this agreement will enable the government to achieve its target of improving the health sector for its people.

He said, they are looking forward in completion and inauguration of the project which will contribute to the outcome to the development of the people of the country and they want to continue to support Ghana in other projects.

By: Prince Baffour Asamoah

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