EU in Ghana celebrates Europe Week 2015 with cultural activities and major events to promote partnership with Ghana. (24/04/2015)
The European Union in Ghana organises a range of informative & entertaining events this year to celebrate the Commemoration of the 1950 Schuman Declaration – the birth of the idea of a European Union. 2015 is also the European Year for Development promoting cooperation around the world. So the theme for Europe Week (#EUWeekGh) this year is "EU-Ghana: Partnership for a Better World".
The different activities aim at providing insight into how the EU-Ghana partnership for prosperity, democracy and human rights benefits both Europeans and Ghanaians. As part of the joint cultural activities, there will be the screening of six different European movies at the Alliance Française and the Goethe Institute in Accra from Monday 4th May to Thursday 7th May, as well as on Saturday 9th May, 2015.
A Joint Press Conference will be held to officially launch Europe Week 2015. It will be addressed by Ambassador William Hanna, Head of the European Union in Ghana together with his colleagues Ambassadors from the European Union Member States in Ghana. The media will get the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to Europe, the EU, and the partnership with Ghana [Read the full statement from Ambassador Hanna [163 KB] ]
The Flagship programme for the Week is the launch of the European Business Organisation Ghana on Wednesday 6th May, 2015 (see full programme [279 KB] ). The "European Business Organisation Ghana" is a new organisation aimed at fostering an open and profitable business atmosphere between Ghana and Europe. It will be launched in the presence of the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and the EU Ambassador, William Hanna. It will attract representatives from Ghanaian government officials and key European and Ghanaian stakeholders with an interest in EU-Ghana trade and business relations. The EU is the biggest trade partner of Ghana.
The Delegation will organise an "OPEN DAY" on Wednesday 6th May, 2015. It will be an opportunity for 20 Ghanaian students (16-18 years old) to get an insight into the work of the EU Delegation in Ghana. The informative session will include the screening of short videos, an interaction with EU Programme Officers and a Quiz at the end.
On Tuesday 5th May 2015, Ambassador William Hanna will address middle level military officers aspiring to become future commanders and leaders at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC). The EU is supporting the Ghana Armed Forces under "The European Union Agenda for Africa – Defence, Trade and Foreign Policies" to enhance and deepen the understanding of International Politics.
A new documentary "Ghana Water, Our Water, Quality first" produced by a Ghanaian production company, Creative Storm, will be launched and presented in the presence of the Minister of Water, Works & Housing, Dr. Kweku Agyeman Mensah and the EU Ambassador, William Hanna on 7th May, 2015. The video showcases the achievements realised by an EU funded project, the “Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance” implemented by Vitens-Evides International, a social venture non-profit company made of the two main Dutch water providers.
The European Union is also supporting the organisation of a football match at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Secondary School on Friday 8th May 2015. The match will be a healthy competition between two teams of students, one named 'Ghana' and the other named 'European Union' for the occasion of Europe Week. The kick-off will be done by selected officials from the EU and the National Authorising Officer (NAO), Ministry of Finance.
There will be an official reception to mark Europe Day at the Ambassador's Residence on 8th May 2015. This is the climax of the activities for the week. It is a high level reception and will be attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic corps, civil society organisations, the private sector and other stakeholders of the European Union in Ghana.
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