ACCRA, Ghanaian Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says the government is determined to co-operate with companies and countries interested in providing high quality infrastructure in the country, especially in the areas of construction and manufacturing.

As part of the government’s industrialisation plan, Ghana is “more than willing” to allow these companies to set up and operate in the country, he said this when a delegation led by Japanese Minister of State for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Suematsu Shinsuke paid a working visit on him at his Flagstaff House ioffice here Sunday.

Shinsuke was in the country for the Ghana-Japan High Quality Infrastructure Conference, organized by the Japan-Africa Infrastructure Development Association in collaboration with the Ghanaian government, the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana, the Association of Road Contractors and the Progressive Road Contractors Association.

The conference last week provided a platform for information exchange and opinion sharing on infrastructure needs and business development activities in Africa between member companies. Twenty-six representatives of Japanese companies engaged in construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, trading, finance and insurance attended the conference.

Dr Bawumia expressed the government’s desire to have a relationship with the international community driven by mutual trade and recalled the long-standing relationship between Ghana and Japan and called for even greater ties between the two countries.

The bond between Ghana and Japan goes a long way and it is an unbreakable bond. Mention can be made of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research which was established in 1979 as a gift to Ghana from the Japanese government in memory of Dr Hideyo Noguchi, the prominent Japanese bacteriologist who died in Accra in 1928. The Institute has maintained the high quality and ethical standards in the conduct of research, the Vice President noted.

He also recognized the contribution of Japan to Ghana’s development over the years, and expressed the government’s appreciation to the Japanese government for resumption of the grant of highly concessional loans after a 15-year break.

He thanked Japanese government for the assistance it has provided to the country in the areas of infrastructure and health and cited the provision of Community-based Heath Planning Services (CHPS) compounds, the construction of a new bridge on the Volta Lake to make movement between the Eastern and Volta regions (provinces) easier, as well as supporting the countries within the Gulf of Guinea with maritime assistance.