Alhaji Said Sinare, ambassador of Ghana to Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCCs), has urged Ghanaian professionals in those countries to return home and contribute to the economy.
Alhaji Sinare said Ghana could benefit from such experts, who were contributing to the economy of Saudi Arabia and other GCCs, especially those working in the petro-chemical and financial industries.
The ambassador made the call at a meeting of the leadership of the Ghanaian community in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which was attended by the Deputy Ambassador, Hajia Boya Gariba, the Consul-General in Jeddah, Alhaji Mohammed Habib Idris, as well as professionals working in various sectors in Saudi Arabia, last Saturday.
Alhaji Sinare observed that the presidential election petition against the National Democratic Congress (NDC) by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at the Supreme Court negatively affected Ghana’s economy.
He said President Mahama visited Qatar last year and met with government officials and the Qatar Investment Authority, as part of efforts to woo investors into Ghana.
The ambassador indicated that Qatar had shown enormous interest in investing in the Ghanaian economy, especially the energy, agriculture and aviation sectors.
Alhaji Sinare announced that the Qatar Airways would soon commence operations to Ghana, and the government of Ghana was working to open a consulate in Qatar.
He gave the hint that the government of Ghana would review the situation of Ghanaian domestic workers in Arab countries, adding that “most of these young Ghanaian domestic workers suffer both physical and mental abuse from their employers”.
Alhaji Sinare said he would advocate the cancellation of the VISA 20, and push for strict regulation of the agents in charge of recruiting the workers.
The President of the Ghanaian community in Jeddah, Alhaji Jaafar Umar Barau, on behalf of the group, urged Alhaji Sinare to sustain his efforts at promoting the interest of Ghana and Ghanaians in the Gulf Cooperation Countr-ies.