The World Bank has pledged to support Ghana’s ongoing economic programmes and policies, especially the digitisation agenda, indicating that technology continues to play a major role in our daily lives and any effort for its further adoption is a step in the right direction.

Dr Hafez Ghanem, the World Bank’s Vice President, revealed this when he called on the Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, at the Jubilee House on Monday 25th March 2019.

He stated that, Ghana has always played a very important role in the African continent and with the Ghanaian economy doing very well under a leadership with growth rates around 6%, it is important that Ghana’s development continues and even accelerates.

Dr. Ghanem expressed confidence that President Akufo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid is achievable and the Bank would play its part to make sure it succeeds.

“We really think that we have a real opportunity to achieve a Ghana Beyond Aid certainly, and that is something that we should all strive for, to support your vision of a modern Ghanaian economy beyond aid. We agree 100% with that vision.

“So we at the World Bank are committed to supporting you, and we would do all our best to increase the size of our support and to also improve its quality to respond to your needs and priorities.”

Dr. Hafez Ghanem also indicated that the Bank’s objective is to make Africa the Start-Up Continent.

According him, there is the need to have more African computer engineers and entrepreneurs.

“Using technology today to improve the quality of education is something that is happening all over the world. Even the quality of healthcare, using digital technology is important. It is really a big area that we would like to support and work with you on, ” he said.

He also indicated that the World Bank ready and willing to support the industrialisation and transformation of the Ghanaian economy.

The Bank also pledged to support the implementation of Ghana’s Free Senior High School (SHS) programme to ensure quality education for all children of school-going age.