The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh has called on investors in the country to offer much attention to the horticulture sector of the country to help them derive more support from the centre.
According to her, the means of promoting investment in the gardening and flowering industry is to add value to the ecotourism potentials of the country and enhance development through the creation of more jobs for the youth.
Mrs. Trebarh made this observation known yesterday at the closing and awards ceremony of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) which took place at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra.
She explained that, though lots of investment in the past years has gone into other sectors of the economy, the time has come to focus more on the horticulture aspect of the agric sector.
Elaborating further she said “supporting the gardening and flowering sector of our dear country is of essence to the GIPC since it creates an environment for the growth of our youth through job creation.”
She shared that, entities seeking higher prospects in the floriculture and horticulture sector should partner Strategic Communication Africa (Stratcomm) to build on the achievement made by the National Garden Show.
In her keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Madam Mona Quartey said the vegetables and flowers facet of the agric sector of the country has helped in shaping the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
She observed that, creative ventures in the agric sector such as the GGFS has over the years rendered an enabling environment for the growth of the economy.
“The role of the private sector in the agric industry is very critical in supporting the growth of the economy,” she added.
Ms. Quartey urged entrepreneurs to tap into available resources in the country to meet the ecotourism demands of the country since businesses in that sector attract less taxes and more incentives.
She called on Ghanaians to grow more flowers for healthy lifestyles after advising organisers to keep the lessons from the GGFS alive all the time to promote a greener surrounding.
In a remark from a key media partner for the show, the Editor of The Spectator, Mrs. Tina Aforo Yeboah said, the partnership with Stratcomm is a ground breaking event that will help them provide more news and information in the horticulture industry to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
She added that, The Spectator will continue partnering the Ghana Garden Show to facilitate the transformation of the environment and promote ecotourism in Ghana.
“As a leading print media firm in the country, we will shift attention of readers to the floriculture and horticulture sector of the economy with adequate information to add value to the ecotourism potentials of our dear nation,” she added.
Touching on some highlights of the 2016 GGFS, the CEO of Stratcomm, Ms. Esther Cobbah said a lot have been learnt from the six days show which aims to add value to the agric sector of the country.
She urged all to plant and grow the seeds of knowledge and wisdom that have been obtained from the show into income generating, job creating and foreign exchange earning ventures.
Ms. Cobbah acknowledged efforts and commitment of sponsors and exhibitors in promoting the worthy cause of providing a better environment for the country.
By Daniel N. Amparbeng and Benedicta Folley