Business leaders and foreign envoys who attended the World Meets Ghana Investors’ Forum and Executive Dinner Ball – at the Golden Tulip Kumasi City and the Manhyia Palace respectively, praised the country’s investor climate and promised to serve as ambassadors to woo investors into the country.
The historic programme, which had an international touch, was organised to honour the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as part of activities marking 20 years of his reign as the 16th occupant of the Golden Stool.
Envoys from the United States of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK), Canada, India, Netherlands, France, Turkey, Japan, Zambia, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Niger, just to mention a few, were there to make the two-day forum memorable.
The programme was organised by the EON 3 Group, headed by young Ghanaian entrepreneur Mr. Richard Ofori Atta, and the Manhyia Palace – official seat of the Asantehene.
During the two days, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori Atta, and top businessmen from Ghana and abroad sat under one roof as they brainstormed about what needs to be done to help accelerate national growth, especially the business sector.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, described government’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy as one of the most ambitious policies that the country has adopted in recent times, calling for active support from Ghanaians and the international community so the positive programme can succeed.
“It is in this vein that we have welcomed the president’s vision of the for Ghana Beyond Aid. It is not a vision for the faint-hearted. It is bold. It is brave. It is a vision that deserves support, not only from Ghanaians but from all Ghana’s friends across the globe,” he said.
He noted:“The economy may not have performed to the optimum of expectations, but even with all the shifts and turns on the political landscape it has remained relatively resilient. It tells you that we have what it takes to break the mould of dependency and achieve the goal our leaders have set for us”.
Otumfuo appealed to foreign investors to do business in the manufacturing sector of the state, so as to help provide jobs for the unemployed and also expand Ghana’s economy – adding that the mass importation of food into shops and shopping malls is not helping the local currency.
According to him, Ghana boasts vast fertile lands, especially in the Sekyere Afram Plains, that can be used for farming to help the country become the main supplier of food in the West African sub-region, further assuring of his support for any genuine potential investor.