AITI-KACE HOSTS INDIA PRESIDENT IN HISTORIC VISIT TO GHANA
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H.E. Shri Pranab Kumar Mukherjee President of India flanked by Mad. Hannah Tetteh Ghana Foreign Minister and Dorothy Gordon Director-General of AITI-KACE and Staff.
A special ceremony has been held in honour of the President of India H.E. Shri Pranab Kumar Mukherjee at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) on a historic visit to Ghana.
President Mukherjee who is the first sitting President of India to visit Ghana is on a two-day visit to Ghana at the invitation of Ghana's president. The visit to AITI-KACE in particular was to interact with faculty, alumni and students of the Centre the Government of India helped set up in 2003.
The visit is in line with plans to increase investments in Education, ICT and capacity building thus further strengthening ties between Ghana and India. It is also in acknowledgment of the Centre's contributions to Ghana and neighbouring countries over the decade of its existence.
Accompanying the India president were Ministers of State in the Prime Minister's office and leaders in the India Houses of the People and Parliament. Ghana's foreign minister and other high profile officials were present to welcome the India President and his delegation. In her welcome address Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration remarked that Ghana had enjoyed a fruitful partnership with India for many years and welcomed the opportunity to deepen bilateral relations.
The Director-General of AITI-KACE Dorothy Gordon thanked the Government and people of India for their immense support since the Centre became operational. She was also grateful that the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) India donated West Africa's first super computer. As a result, the high performance computing resource according to Ms Gordon, has given great impetus to research in Africa.
Ms. Gordon also acknowledged the generous knowledge sharing from the team at C-DAC. She stated that the Centre had leveraged on the best practices C-DAC uses in its operations in India. The Director-General explained the C-DAC strategy the Centre has adapted, “our approach allows students to move from skill development to true ownership of technology as a means to job creation and socio-economic development.”
A high point of the event was an announcement of a grant for the Centre by the Indian president, “In recognition of the achievements of this Centre, my Government is happy to announce an additional million dollar grant to help the Centre initiate a Masters programme”.
The President further explained that the grant is intended to expand the Centre's laboratory facilities and introduce additional programmes that will help students stay abreast with rapidly advancing technology.
There were also presentations from AITI-KACE's scientific computing team, alumni of the Centre and members of faculty who had trained in India as well as other beneficiaries of the Centre's partnership with C-DAC India.-Ends-