Northern Ghana Investment Forum Underway At Tamale

Riyad PixA forum, geared at promoting businesses and investment potentials in the Northern Region, commenced in Tamale on Wednesday.

The event, dubbed the third Northern Ghana Investment Forum, brought together Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), corporate bodies from the banking, insurance and Information Communication Technology sectors to network and facilitate the business promotion.

Activities lined up for the forum include exhibition of products and services, investment and entrepreneurial development seminar, northern business executive breakfast meeting and northern business excellence awards night.

It is being organised by the Ridmut Consults in collaboration with Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Food and Agriculture and sponsored by Wienco and many others companies.

The four-day forum is themed, “Projecting the resource potentials of Northern Ghana for accelerated development: the role of Public-Private Partnership.”

Opening the forum, the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, called on both local and international businesses to invest in Northern Ghana, which, he said, abounds with investment potentials.

“Investment opportunities in the northern sector are huge because we are blessed with a lot of natural and human resources and if properly harnessed it could bring us out of poverty and deprivation,” he said.

Alhaji Fuseini said the government alone cannot transform the economy, hence the urgent need for private partnership, assuring businesses of government’s readiness to create conducive environment for investment.

He cited the recently launched Youth Entrepreneurship Support Fund as a clear testimony of government willingness and commitment to partner private sector to create the need jobs for the youth in the country.

Alhaji Fuseini therefore impressed upon the youth of the area to take full advantage of the fund to upgrade themselves and become successful entrepreneurs.

The Programme Coordinator of the Northern Rural Development Programme, Dr. Roy Ayariga on his part advocated total agriculture revolution in the country, saying modernisation of agriculture would make it more attractive to the youth.

Dr. Ayariga explained that subsistence farming, which is a dominant practice in the north, has not helped in reducing poverty in the area.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ridmut Consults, Mutawakil Riyad said poverty could be reduced in the north, if its natural resources were harnessed.

He therefore entreated the government and its development partners to vigorously initiate steps to make the north investment attractive.

The CEO indicated his outfit’s willingness to intensify its collaboration with the development partners to rebrand northern Ghana as the hub of investment.

From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale.




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