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President John Mahama has assured Ghanaians of his commitment to the development of the country and his willingness to the wellbeing of the people he preside over. The President said, ‘’developing Ghana will always be my first and foremost priority’’. President Mahama  gave the assurance after he has engaged the French President, Francois Hollande in a bilateral meeting. The meeting between the two leaders was focused on a number of global issues and France’s continued support for Ghana’s developmental programmes through the French Development Agency (AfD).   France has meanwhile agreed to provide through the French Development Agency (AfD) a €37.50 million financing for the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project. This involves the construction of the Lake Road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works. President Mahama expressed appreciation to President Hollande for his support during the Ebola outbreak and France’s role in stabilising the situation in Mali and other parts of the subregion. He also thanked France for agreeing to support the training of teachers in the teaching and learning of french in Ghanaian schools. The President, John Mahama expressed his appreciation for the support that Ghana had received from France and indicated this a good news for Ghana and Ghanaians. He said, ‘’The French government agreed to provide, through the French Development Agency (AfD), a €37.50 million financing for the second phase of the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project. This involves the construction of the Lake Road/ Oforikrom bypass and the Aboabo drainage works. ‘’These are good news for Ghana! As your President, I pledge to all of you that developing Ghana will always be my first and foremost priority’’. President Mahama also took the opportunity to congratulate the French government for their support to West Africa during the Ebola outbreak and also their key role in stabilizing the situation in Mali and other parts of the sub-region. Ghana has over the years remained an important economic partner to the French government with over 60 French companies presently here in the country. About Thirty-Three of those companies have been established as subsidiaries in the areas of agriculture, banking, insurance, construction, logistics, oil and gas, hotel and restaurants.
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