GOVERNMENT has entered into a $260-million partnership agreement with the Government of Mauritius to construct an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) park at Tema.
The park, to be constructed on a 50 acre land at the Free Zones enclave, will have hotels, office buildings, an ICT training center, among others.
Briefing the media on the project yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Communication, Ato Sarpong, said the project would create more than 6,000 employment opportunities for the youth, adding that the jobs would range from the construction of the infrastructure to the provision of services after the whole facility had been fully constructed.
Under the agreement, he said, the Government would provide the land while the Mauritian Government would provide the funding.
The deputy minister said the park would serve as a training centre to offer entrepreneurship training to the youth to usher them into the job market.
“Ghana is also looking forward for the Mauritian Government to invest in other sectors like the textile and sugar production industries,” he said and added that Mauritius was well known for the production of fine textiles and sugar.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mawuena Trebarh, said Ghana had an enviable ICT sector and added that the partnership would further accelerate the development of the industry.
“There is a lot going on in the software development and telecommunications structure development in the country. We want to be able to draw that out even more through investment structures,” she said.
The leader of the Mauritius delegation and Chairman of the Board of Investments in Mauritius, Gerard Sanspeur, said their interest was to create an enabling environment for their private sector to invest in a peaceful and stable place like Ghana.
“Our country will benefit from this investment when our private sector investors come to invest in businesses within the ICT Park”.
“Mauritius has a strong economy which is based on a strong manufacturing sector and so we are considering investing in Ghana’s manufacturing sector as well,” he said.
Mr. Sanspeur said Mauritius was also investing in other African countries like Senegal, Madagascar, and Zambia.
By Yaw Kyei &
Helen Selorm Wohoyie