One of the lead proponents of the anti-LGBTQI+ bill, Samuel Narrey George, has reacted to concerns raised by Virginia Palmer, US Ambassador to Ghana, over the possibility of Ghana suffering consequences should the bill be passed.
The Ambassador warned that discrimination against LGBTQI+ people could cause investors to withdraw their business interests from Ghana.
However, we may incur some losses because discrimination against LGBTQ persons sends the incorrect signal to American investors in general and must be avoided.
She emphasised the importance of maintaining a welcoming and tolerant environment, particularly for LGBTQ people.
Any discrimination against the LGBTQ community, according to the ambassador, might send a negative message to American investors, thereby affecting investment in the country.
She made the comments to journalists on the sidelines of the US-Ghana Business Expo.
The diplomat added that the special trade delegation from the US, known as the Global Diversity and Inclusion delegation, included representatives from various backgrounds, such as the National Black Chamber, women-owned businesses, LGBTQ-owned businesses, and Native American-owned businesses.
But reacting to the issue, the Ningo-Prampram MP said ”You have expressed fears that investors from the US would not find Ghana attractive if we as Ghanaians uphold our values and reject the depravity of LGBTQI. I find that really surprising.
Are American investors looking to invest in a Country and with partners who have no values? I thought the basic test of a potential partner is integrity and values? Ghana as you know is very intolerant of religious extremism. Has that made American investors wary of Ghana as an intolerant investment destination?
Let me reassure you and the U.S. Embassy Ghana that Ghana remains welcoming and open to American investors as a stable, viable democracy. We welcome investors who value the principles of integrity and respect the cultural values of their partners.”
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