Kofi Boateng Writes …
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to address the Ghanaian diaspora at the Accra International Conference Centre, tomorrow Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019.
The President is the key note speaker for the 2019 Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit.
The summit is part of efforts by government to encourage members of the Ghanaian diaspora to bring home to Ghana their financial and human resources, to accelerate national development.
It starts on the 3rd of July and ends on the 6th of July.
The summit has been themed “Recognizing Diaspora Contributions towards Nation Building’’.
This year’s summit is a four-day event recognizing and celebrating the contributions to nation building by the Ghanaian diaspora. According to the organizers, the event will focus on the present and future contributions of the Ghanaian diaspora and also highlight past contributions.
‘The event will not only highlight past contributions but will focus on present contributions as well, while furthering the advocacy for political, economic, and all other systems and policies that would facilitate future contributions by the Ghanaian Diaspora,’ indicates the Ghana Diaspora Committee, the organizers of the summit.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, will address the participants of the summit on Day 3. Other speakers will include the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta and Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade & Industry. Other government officials as well as some players within the private sector will also speak at the summit.
A member of the diaspora Eric Kyere, founder of AMASS PARTERS indicated that a lot of Ghanaians in the diaspora want to return to the country and invest here. But he added that the state must ‘incentivize’ them by making sure that it removes the many blockades in starting a business in the country.
He indicated that his reasons for attending the summit is to know “what the government has in place for people who are coming from the diaspora to start businesses and to network.’’
This year’s summit is the third of such summits. The previous summits were observed in 2001 and 2017 respectively. It has been made a biannual summit.
Kofi Boateng( Ghana Institute of Journalism)