The first batch of a team of African-American investors who have expressed interest in the Central Region are currently in the region to explore investment opportunities there, as part of the “Year of Return”.
The 12-member team, received by the Cape Coast Chamber of Commerce and the Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM), paid a courtesy call on Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Oguaamanhen.
The investors, with diverse expertise in ICT, education and businesses, are hoping to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities in the region to contribute to its economic growth.
Reverend Dr Princess Ocansey, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SOS Global Investment and the leader of the delegation, underscored the need for Africa to build stronger relationship with the Diaspora to foster greater economic development.
” There is the need to build bridges between African and the Diaspora. We have to hook up with those who have been successful especially business men and women who can heavily invest in the growth of businesses in the country”, she said.
She lauded the Year of Return initiative and said it has influenced a lot of festivals and programmes aimed at bringing Africans in the Diaspora together for a common objective of helping the Continent out of its economic woes.
Dr Ocansey said a section of the Year of Return had been named: “the Year of the Royals”, and it is aimed at uniting investors to foster development in the country.
Mr Poku Aikins, Chairman of the Cape Coast Chamber of Commerce, said Ghana hoped to use the Year of Return to build stronger partnership with foreign investors who wished to present their riches.
He said the Chamber will continue to exhibit the investment opportunities in the region such as tourism, fisheries, agriculture and education which they could tap into to create wealth and opportunities for the people.
“We hope they join forces with the chamber of Commence to be able to create jobs and inject huge capital in businesses to enhance livelihood among the citizenry,” he added.
Mr Aikins said the Chamber is collaborating with all stakeholders including chiefs and the regional coordinating council to identify possible ways of eliminating poverty from the region.
Mr Jamal Bryant, an Atlanta based investor African-American investor, acknowledged the rich culture and wealth of the country saying Ghana was the wealthiest country in the world.
He said Africa had vast resources and that they were ready to develop them to sustain its generational wealth.
Osabarima Kwesi Atta earlier recounted the history of slavery and colonization of the country and applauded the team for its decision to return ‘home’ to invest and contribute its quota.