First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has assured Huawei and other industry partners of Ghana’s full commitment to working closely to help bridge the gender divide and transform the lives of Ghanaians.
The First Lady made this commitment when speaking as a special guest at the Huawei 2023 Sustainability Forum on the theme "Thrive Together with Tech: Realizing Sustainable Development"
In her speech, the First Lady disclosed that the country has made significant strides in advocating for sustainability across the various sectors of the economy.
She highlighted the impact, Ghana being the first West African country to build a floating Hydro-Solar Hybrid plant in the Bono region as part of efforts to diversify its energy mix has had on its citizens.
Beyond its role in powering the national grid, Hydro-Solar Hybrid plant is also breathing life into industries and impacting livelihoods.
The plant which is currently fuelling operations of a new Bui Cashew factory with focus on equipping locals in the Bono Region in the cashew nut value chain with special focus on women, has created jobs for over 800 people.
"Significantly this plant will fuel a cashew factory in the Bono region and create employment for over 800 citizens including women.
This cashew plant will not only provide employment opportunities but also equip beneficiaries with the necessary skillset to make a living on their own." Rebecca Akufo said.
She lauded Huawei for contributing meaningfully to stimulating the Ghana economy, adding that her experience working with Huawei has been encouraging.
"Together we have worked tirelessly in building the skills capacity of females in rural areas."
She indicated that as part of the partnership, Over 6000 students and traders have been trained in a period of two years.
"I would like to commend the Bui Power Authority, Meinergy who owns the factory, and Huawei for contributing their quota in support of this initiative to create employment opportunities for Ghanaians, especially women," she ended