In keeping with the mandate of the Ghana High Commission in Ottawa, The High Commissioner, His Excellency Ayikoi Otoo paid a 5-day official visit to the British Columbia from 14th – 18th November, 2017.
Whilst there, H.E Ayikoi Otoo attended the UN PeaceKeeping Defence Ministerial Conference held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver. The conference which was participated by representatives from the African Union, the European Union, NATO, and the Organization of Internationale de la Francophonie, discussed major improvements to the UN Peacekeeping operations.
During his visit, the High Commissioner called on the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, at the Government House, Victoria. The bilateral talks between the two focused on ways to deepen and strengthen the ties of co-operation that exist between the Ghana and the Province of British for the mutual benefit of their people.
Additionally, The High Commissioner had economic meetings with the Hon. George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, Mr. Okenge Yuma Morisho, Deputy Minister, Office of the Premier and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Ms. Bindi Sawchuk, Assistant Deputy Minister, Labour Market and Innovation Division, Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training. Matters discussed at these meetings include, economic development through investment of the private sector, possible collaboration for innovation and technology, educational cooperation between institutions of Ghana and British Columbia, training of mid-level technical skills for oil, gas and allied fields, among others.
On educational front, H.E Ayikoi Otoo met Dr. Joy Johnson, Vice President of Simon Fraser University International and Shaheen Nanji, Executive Director, SFU International, The President of Commonwealth of Learning, Prof. Asha Kanwar and at British Columbia of Institute of Technology(BCIT), he met the Vice President International Affairs, Dr. Lawrence Gu. The High Commissioner indicated that the Government of Ghana has drawn up very elaborate programmes and strategies to strengthen Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) at all levels of the educational system.He further noted during the meetings that Technical and Vocational Education and Training is one of the main strategic policies of government aimed at the development of Ghanaian human resources prepare people, particularly the youth for the job market so that they can be productive and be useful to the society.
The visit was climaxed with a Town Hall Meeting with Ghanaian-Canadians in Vancouver. on the Saturday 18th November,2017. His Excellency used the occasion to discuss Government’s initiatives and programs. Matters concerning dual citizenship, registration of Business in Ghana, Visas, Incentives for investing in Ghana.