The official launch of the Interims for Development programme took place at the offices of the British Council in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday 30th April 2003. The launch was held in association with the British Council (Ghana) and the Ghana Employers' Association.

The Chairman of the function was Dr. Kwame Donkoh Fordwor, former President of the African Development Bank. Introducing the Chairman and the speakers was Mrs. Korantema Adi-Dako (right), a public relations consultant and a leading figure in literary and women's development in Ghana.

The Honourable Mr. Kwamena Bartels, MP. and Minister of State for Private Sector Development, delivered the Keynote Address. He stressed the Government of Ghana's commitment to a development agenda to improve the quality of life for all Ghanaians.

"We view the Interims for Development programme as ... a way to reverse the flow of skills from Ghana to the developed world: it replaces the brain drain with a mechanism for 'brain gain'. We welcome this initiative becomes it ... provides the expertise necessary for the long-term social stability, progress and competitiveness of Ghana in the global marketplace."

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IfD is launched in Accra, Ghana