The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, has urged Ghana and her neighbours to promptly adopt a common visa protocol to enable tourists and foreign investors to cross their borders freely without any hindrance.
He said that such a move would facilitate the rapid realisation of the vast and diverse tourism potential of Ghana in particular, and the West African sub-region in general, adding that it would also enhance cross-border economic development.
Togbe Afede was speaking at the launch of this year’s Ghana Most Beautiful pageant, under the auspices of TV3, at the Jubilee Park at Ho on Sunday.
He noted that certain international business activities flourished across international frontiers, according to the dictates of the contemporary global market forces, and Ghana was a lucrative destination for such businesses.
Therefore, the frontiers which had separated sister countries in West Africa, should now serve as a point of reunification and brisk sociolical economic activities, Togbe Afede said.
He said the European colonial authorities which divided Africans with borders, today had no such demarcations separating them in Europe, and said that it was high time African states came together to promote their cultural values with pride, zeal and enthusiasm.
Touching on the event, Togbe Afede entreated the 10 finalists from each of the regions to take a firm stance to project true African values and discipline, since they had become role models for many young people.
The Agbogbomefia also called on government to commit greater zeal and resources to infrastructural development while encouraging the private sector to provide hotels and communication facilities to strengthen the tourism industry.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho