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Visit of the French Ambassador to Ghana

The AVN-Ghana team was delighted to welcome the visit of François Pujolas, French Ambassador to Ghana, in Bolgatanga.

The Ambassador was accompanied by representatives of the Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle (SCAC) of he Embassy, and by Frank Fuseini, Deputy Regional Minister of the Upper-East Region. The delegation was able to get an overview of the NV programme in northern Ghana, and to appreciate the technical features of NV buildings.

After a brief presentation of AVN’s office and teams, M. Pujolas talked with masons who have benefited from the « Super Cement Mason Promotion», a project financed by the SCAC which allows conventional masons to be trained in the NV technique through the construction of their own houses, amongst others. The delegation then visited a library in Tongo village, built jointly by AVN and its partner Peal Deng.

The Ambassador congratulated AVN on its progress in the region and encouraged representatives of the various organisations present to get more involved in the programme. M. Pujolas also emphasised the strong links between AVN and the French Government, stressing the importance of development programmes such as AVN’s which take into account the different challenges (social, economic, environmental etc) faced by local populations.

This visit demonstrates the growing interest of international sponsors and Ghanaian institutions in AVN-Ghana’s programme, which bodes well for the coming season.