ACCRA, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany is expected to pay a State visit to Ghana from Dec 11 to 13 along with high-powered government and business delegations.

President Steinmeier will be accompanied by the Federal Minister of Economy and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, the Deputy Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, State Minister at the German Foreign Office Maria BAlhmer as well as a substantial business delegation and guests from civil society.

The business delegation will include 17 representatives of German companies which are working to realise Germany’s commitment under the G20 Compact with Africa to bring more investment to Ghana, according to a statement issued here Wednesday by the Cultural, Economic and Press Affairs Unit of the German Embassy.

The State visit will be the first trip to an African country by President Steinmeier, since he took office in February this year as Germany’s titular Head of State. This underlines the close partnership between Ghana and Germany 60 years after establishing diplomatic relations, the statement noted.

The statement said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would receive President Steinmeier on Dec 12.

The visit will focus on discussions on the youth of Ghana, scientific and academic co-operation, migration, vocational training, investment and business promotion.

During the visit, Ghanaian Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta andGermany’s Deputy Minister for Economic Co-operation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, will sign a bilateral Investment and Reform Partnership agreement, which includes a provision to bring up to 100 million Euros the German Government’s support to promote private investment into renewable energy in Ghana as well as vocational training.

The private investment is Germany’s commitment under the G20 Compact with Africa, which was signed in Berlin in June, 2017.

A co-operation agreement for the opening of a Merian International Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Ghana will also be signed under the auspices of President Steinmeier. The centre, the first of its kind in Africa, has a thematic focus on sustainable governance and will be supported by the German Ministry for Education and Research.

While in the country, President Steinmeier will hold a discussion at the University of Ghana, Legon, with academics and students as well as visit the West-African Transport Academy in Tema, near here, a Public-Private Partnership between German investors Scania, Bosch, and ZF on one side, and German Development Co-operation on the other. The Academy offers state of the art training facilities for young Ghanaians.

Under the support for Start-Up companies in Ghana, President Steinmeier would also meet with young Ghanaian entrepreneurs who are currently being supported by Germany to help them develop their businesses and link them with international ones. He will also attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration in Accra.

The Centre offers advice on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) opportunities in Ghana, supports returnees from Europe in their reintegration, provides information on the risks of irregular migration and the possibilities for legal migration to Europe, making use of the extensive network of German co-operation in Ghana, especially in the areas of TVET and agriculture.

President Steinmeier would have encounters with experts and staff of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and get first-hand information on the security situation in West Africa. Germany is one of the main supporters of KAIPTC.