By Godwill Arthur-Mensah/William Fiabu, GNA
Accra, Jan. 31, GNA - Nana Agyekum Dwamena, the Head of Civil Service, said the Service is exploring various areas of co-operation to build the capacity and skills of civil servants to spur the development of the country.
To that end, he said, it was looking for technical and financial support for the creation of a proposed Civil Service College as a strategic institution for developing the professional cadre of civil servants to achieve that objective.
“We want to use the proposed college to train the next generation of African policy-makers with the capacity for undertaking research, consulting and innovation in the Civil Service,” he said.
Nana Dwamena made this known when Mr Csaba Balogh, the Hungarian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade, led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on him, in Accra, on Wednesday.
The visit is intended to enhance the bilateral relations between Ghana and Hungary and co-operate in areas that would be mutually beneficial.
The Head of the Civil Service commended the Hungarian Government for re-opening its Embassy in Ghana after almost 30 years of closure and expressed optimism that the move would further enhance the long-standing relation between the two countries.
Nana Dwamena acknowledged the support Ghana had received from the Hungarian Government including educational scholarships and investment especially in the areas of construction, renewable energy, health, agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and food processing.
He said the Civil Service was the main vehicle which provided policy and administrative support to the Government.
He said through its ministries and departments, it provided direct and diverse services to support the formulation and implementation of government policies, programmes and projects.
Therefore, he said, it was imperative to form strategic partnerships and alliances with reputable institutions for knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Mr Balogh, on his part, said the visit to Ghana was also to enable him to meet government officials and the Ghanaian business community to stimulate co-operation in the areas of water management, education, ICT and civil and public service administration.
He said Hungary had already started an exchange programme with Ghana’s Foreign Affairs, and was prepared to extend it to areas such as infrastructure and land administration.
Mr Balogh said during his interactions with key stakeholders, they discussed issues such as using ICT solution in fee and data collection and capacity building as demanded by modern society.
He said within the past 27 years, Hungary had undergone a lot of reforms at the economic, social and public administration front, which had changed the mentality of the people who worked in the public administration sector.
Mr Balogh said if the mentality of the people changed positively, it automatically had rippling effects on the general wellbeing of the people.
“One of the big achievements is rendering services to the citizenry, and so we created government administration that was very close to the people, which dealt with social problems like processing of documents, payment of taxes, healthcare, driving licences, property issues and so many others that were addressed at a one-stop shop office,” he said.
“Therefore we need effective Civil Service to transform the economy and create more added value, which would translate into increased Gross Domestic Product and income for the people,” he stated.
Ambassador Andras Szabos, the Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, said since Hungary re-opened its Embassy on November 30, last year, it had witnessed a surge in activities with various business delegations visiting the Embassy to establish relationship.
He said Hungary would like to achieve mutually beneficial results with Ghana in different sectors of the economy, therefore, there was the need to build trust between them and share ideas that would improve their lot.
Ambassador Szabos said the Hungarian Government had been offering 50 educational scholarships to Ghanaians, which would increase to 100 next year adding the scholarship would be offered to the ministries, departments and agencies based on their needs.
The bilateral relation between Ghana and Hungary dates back to the post-independence era, which culminated in the signing of many agreements.