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Ghanaian diplomats and public servants undergo training

By Lydia
Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 22, GNA – Forty public servants
and some security personnel who undertook the Colombia Spanish Language Course
have been presented with Certificates of Completion and charged to promote the
ideals of both countries.

The course, the fourth edition, which started
from April to August this year, enabled the participants to study both the
Colombian Language and Culture in levels one, two and three.

Mr Mohammad Habibu Tijani, the Deputy Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said at the closing ceremony in
Accra that the course was introduced in 2014 following a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) signed between Ghana and Columbia in February, the same
year.

He said the MoU created the appropriate
platform to further deepen Ghana-Colombia relations, and enhance Spanish
Language Proficiency for Foreign Service officers and other public servants
from various public service institutions. 

Participants were drawn from the Ghana Police
Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Narcotics Control Board, Ministries of the
Interior, Tourism Culture and Creative Arts and the Foreign Affairs and
Regional Integration.

Mr Tijani commended the graduands for widening
their professional scope through the learning of a second language adding that
the globalised world had increased interconnectivity between people, economies
and businesses, which had made the promotion of global culture, political and
economic integration very critical.

“In this regard the learning and speaking of a
second language would provide the means of interacting between the people of
Ghana and Colombia,” he said.

Mr Tijani said with improved language skills,
diplomats would be better positioned to explore the world and engage more
meaningfully with the larger Spanish-Speaking community.

He thanked the lecturers and instructors from
the coordinating institution; the Pontificia Bolivariana University of Medellin
in Colombia, for imparting a wealth of knowledge to the participants.

He expressed the hope that the Ghana- Colombia
bilateral cooperation, which centred on key areas such as higher education,
health, arts and culture, would be boosted in the coming years.   

Ms Claudia Turbay, the Columbian Ambassador,
commended the Government of Ghana for making efforts at bonding with the people
of Latin America through such courses, adding that more of such relations
needed to be nurtured.

Some of the participants, who spoke with the
GNA, expressed joy at the opportunity to learn the Spanish Language and Culture
as it would help them work effectively to advance their careers as diplomats.

GNA

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