Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Minister, has launched the seven pillars of the “Beyond the Return” initiative, which is aimed at consolidating the gains of the “Year of Return.”He said the seven pillars seeks to harness the expertise of Africans across the globe to transform the continent and provide a welcoming business environment for direct investment into the economy.
Mr Osafo-Maafo said the 10-year plan, under the theme, “A Decade of Renaissance – 2020-2030” is being rolled out to encourage investment to help improve the country’s heritage infrastructure.
“The seven pillars include; experiencing Ghana, invest in Ghana, diaspora pathways to Ghana, celebrate Ghana, brand Ghana, give back to Ghana, promote pan African heritage and innovation.
He said over the next decade, the initiative would showcase the country’s investment potentials and solidify diaspora engagement programmes to promote the African Renaissance.
The seven pillars would also harness the expertise of Africans across the globe to transform the continent and provide a welcoming business environment for direct investment into the economy.Mr Maafo said Africans in the diaspora comprise of professionals with the right skills and keen to make contributions to the economic development of Africa continent.
He urged the steering committee, stakeholders and Ghanaians to put in much effort to attract the best pool of talent from people in the diaspora with African descent to return and contribute their skills, knowledge and wealth towards the development of Ghana.
The Senior MInister called on the media to help portray Ghana as a place for investment, progress and prosperity and not a place the youth flee to seek greener pastures in Europe.
Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the ‘Beyond the Return’ Initiative, seeks to build on the competitive edge in attracting and building a mutual relationship with the African diaspora community.
It was also an opportunity to allow for cross-fertilisation of ideas, policy directions and implementation of strategies to make Ghana more attractive as the destination for tourism, trade and investment on the African continent, especially for the African diaspora community.
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