Ghana’s Diaspora Holds Business Summit

2The first ever business summit for Ghanaians in the Diaspora was held in Accra on Friday. It was organised by the Diaspora Support Unit (DSU) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFARI), to strengthen the engagement between the Ghanaian diaspora and relevant institutions of government for national development.

Opening it, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Hannah Tetteh, said that the initiative (Ghanaian Business Summit) among others, was geared towards mobilisation of the country’s diaspora in its socio-economic development through proactive dialogue and sustained engagement, promote dialogue among the Ghanaian diaspora, government of Ghana, civil society and the private sector, maintain and update an informative diaspora website (www.ghanaiandiaspora.com).

She said that the government remained firm in its commitment to create an enabling environment for returned diaspora entrepreneurs to explore the possible investment avenues.

“We want economic engagement that will create job opportunities rather than remittances,” she said, and urged the Ghanaian diaspora to avail themselves of the conducive business environment in the country.

Dr. Richard Adjei, of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC), in a presentation on ‘Investment opportunities and incentives in Ghana,’ said that the government’s promotion of Public Private Partnership was key to the development of the nation and was poised to provide 5,000 megawatts of power by 2015.

He said Ghana had the potential irrigable area of 346,000 hectares out of which only 10,000 hectares had so far been developed.

He mentioned oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, rail transport and ports, agriculture, water, tourism, hospitality, industry among others, as key sectors for investment.

The Director of Migration Unit of the Ministry of the Interior, Mr. David Agosor said Ghanaians who had acquired dual citizenship could not hold official or sensitive national positions in the country.

Osagyefo Osadeayo Agyeman Badu II, Dormaahene, who chaired the function, said the nation could move forward if both human and material resources were harnessed. -  Castro Zangina-Tong

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