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Overview: Here is the story of the Ghanaian-Danish partnership from Independence and onwards

06.03.2018  14:34
Denmark and Ghana historically have very close ties. Denmark has been with the independent nation of Ghana since its early beginning – and we are still here.

Here are select examples of how Denmark has been part of Ghana’s history since Independence.

1957: On March 6th Ghana gains independence as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Soon after the Independence, Denmark assisted Ghana in the area of adult education by building and running the Folk High School in Tsito in the Volta Region. This was one of the first development projects in Africa, carried out by a Danish NGO.

1958: Official Danish development assistance to Ghana takes a modest start.

1960: Fan Milk ltd. is established by Danish entrepreneur Erik Emborg.

1961: Denmark opens an embassy in Ghana.

1968: Ghana is included in the list of priority countries for Danish aid.

1983: The embassy of Denmark in Ghana is closed.

1989: Ghana is chosen as one of the first 12 programme cooperation countries of Danida.

1991: The embassy of Denmark in Ghana reopens.
Denmark-Ghana development co-operation launches programmes in health, governance, education, transport, and agriculture.

1992: New constitution introducing a multiparty system is adopted at a referendum in Ghana.

1993: A strategy for Danish development cooperation with Ghana is adopted focusing on four sectors: water and sanitation, transport, energy, and health. In addition, Denmark provides extensive support in the governance area to the Parliament, Judicial Service, civil society organisations, etc.
The Danish Private Sector Development programme is initiated to support the development of the private sector in Ghana.
Ghana Vision for 2020: By the year 2020 Ghana aims to become a middle-income country.

1994: Denmark initiates the Health Sector programme in Ghana. Over the next 22 years, the programme contributed to the improvement of access to health care for citizen all over the country; reduction of the impact of communicable diseases - especially malaria; lowering of the child mortality and maternal mortality rates; etc.

2003: Danish programme support for the private sector is launched: Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS).
The Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) opens an office at the Danish Embassy in Accra.

2011: Ghana graduates from the status as a low income to a lower middle-income country.

2013: It is agreed between Denmark and Ghana that the cooperation will gradually undergo a transition from development cooperation to commercial cooperation. By end of 2020, Danish development assistance will be phased out.

2014: Denmark launches the Tax and Development programme to support economic governance and the sustainability of Ghana’s public finances. The last phase of Danish support to good governance is also launced.
The Trade Council opens a section in the embassy with the goal of assisting Danish companies to enter the Ghanaian marked, facilitate contacts between Danish and Ghanaian companies and Ghanaian authorities.

2015: A maritime programme between Denmark and Ghana is launched, and a Maritime Adviser is posted to the Embassy of Denmark.

2016: The longstanding Danish health sector support to Ghana is phased out.

2017: Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark visits Ghana during a state visit. Commercial cooperation between Ghana and Denmark intensifies.

2018: Last year of the Danish support to governance activities in Ghana.

2020: Danish development cooperation is expected to be phased out and the Ghanaian-Danish partnership will focus on trade, investments, and the general political cooperation.