Mr Clement Osei-Amoako, the President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce says the transformation of Africa was achievable if, “ we believe in ourselves and subject our minds to a serious overhaul”.
“I believe it is achievable if we reduce the amount of time we spend talking, complaining, and plow the talking time into action,” he advised.
Mr Amoako was giving a keynote address at the launch of the Wakanda One City Return Expo in the Ancient City of Cape Coast.
In all, 300 delegates from the United States of America, Europe, and the Ghanaian business community are attending the ten-day event which would involve conferences, exhibitions, Trade tours, business-to-business meetings, and a panel discussion among others.
Governmental departments, trade associations, traditional authorities, and the media would all have a common platform to highlight viable, ready-to-go opportunities for local businesses and share investments opportunities that will assist in wealth creation.
It formed part of the Wakanda City of Return Project, which specifically focuses on linking potential investors, facilitating sector presentation as a form of discovering areas of interest, and supporting Women and Children through partnership development with local businesses and Government.
It will also develop a more comprehensive action plan based on the result of the Expo.
“ Our biggest challenge in Africa is about complaining, looking up to others for support, fear, and lacking the appropriate effective and ethical leadership to effect change” he added.
Concentrating on Africa’s socio-economic development, Mr Amoako charged African leaders to utilize the God-giving natural and human resources to aid development and desist from depending on foreign aid.
He told them to build strong relationships with the Diaspora to enable them to come home and assist Africa with their innovative ideas to rebuild the Continent.
Mr Osei-Amoako called on the private sector to collectively partner with the Government to proactively harness the potentials in Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Arikana Chihombori- Quao, the President of the African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI), in her welcoming address called on all to bring back the African spirit the forefathers vested in them.
“ Rise Africa, do not sit and watch foreigners drive away Africa development agenda, where is the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah spirit in us”, she lamented.
She urged Africans to protect the inherited resources for the generation unborn to help them continue to build a better Africa now and in the future.
She charged the participants to have Africa at heart and support the movement of changing the minds and freeing Africa from bondage.
Delivering on behalf of Mr Alan Kyeremanteng, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mrs Afua Asabea Asare, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), commended ADDI for the great move which aims at uplifting the economic fortunes of the Central Region.
She pledged the Government’s commitment to supporting the ADDI in pushing the agenda forward to make Africa great as it should in the nearest future.
Mrs Asare called on Africans and Diasporans to come on board in the quest to transform Africa adding that “it takes collective efforts in doing this”.
The Wakanda City of Return Project was launched a year ago by the ADDI, Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA), and other local partners including Pelicape Group and Adepa Investment.
It is expected to create about 5,000 direct and indirect jobs and open up opportunities in Africa to boost tourism and other businesses.
Some exhibitors within the business community have displayed their products and goods in Cape Coast to attract potential investors to the country.
About 30 of them have products showing the rich culture of Africa, including African wear, fabrics, beads, necklaces, earrings, hair products, and herbal medicines.
There are also, financial institutions exhibiting their goods and services.
Some exhibitors expressed satisfaction and were optimistic of better networking since the experience so far was good.