The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) and the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) launched a ground-breaking event which seeks to bring together Ghana’s engineering fraternity and a wide range of local and international stakeholders interested in and committed to the development of Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) of Ghana.

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In a statement read on behalf of Ing. Magnus L. Quashie, President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, the Vice President of the Institution, Ing. Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid noted as indigenous Engineers, we believe that one of the key drivers that support the SADA effort in alleviating poverty, empowering Ghanaians, and achieving the goals of the MDGs is to apply engineering expertise to spearhead an integrated, sustainable, and rapid infrastructure development. We look forward to harnessing local and indigenous knowledge and expertise, opportunities and investment to improve the quality of life of Ghanaians.

The Forum is the first collaboration of its kind between GhIE (who are celebrating their Annual Engineers Conference, dubbed Tamale 2015), and SADA (who are using this opportunity to launch the SADA Business and Investment Forum SABIF 2015). Other partners include Traditional Authorities, the University of Development Studies (UDS), the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), USAID-FinGAP, the World Bank Group funded Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP), various multilateral and bilateral development institutions, CSOs, private businesses and student and youth groups. It is designed to be transactional in nature, combining exhibitions with technical dialogue session, and is expected to help broker technological knowhow as well as business and investment deals, particularly in the areas of Agriculture, Agro-business and Infrastructure.

We must say that, this event is coming on as a result of the proactiveness of the Ghana Institution of Engineers and we urge all professional bodies/associations to emulate their sterling example, notes Angelina Mornah Domakyaareh , SADA Board Chairperson. On the back of the Engineering conference, SADA will seek to draw in the private sector and major local and international investors and development actors to support our development agenda.

The high point of this event will be the high level dialogue session to be chaired by the President of the Republic, H.E. John Dramani Mahama. A special session focusing on Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security will be facilitated by JAK Foundation, and a grand durbar of chiefs and cultural events will be a crowning moment. Also invited are global high profile speakers including Victor Koh from Singapore, Dr. Ken Kwaku, formally of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group and former senior advisor to President Mkapa of Tanzania as well as Charles Abugre CEO of SADA and Dr. George Donkor, Vice President of ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development.

The many benefits to be derived from the Forum by participants include an exhibition of products and services, direct business-to-business match-making, sealed business and investments deals and unprecedented networking opportunities, all of which would ultimately lead to job creation and the socio-economic development of the NSEZ.
The NSEZ covers five regions (Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo and Volta) representing the Northern Half of Ghana (40% of Ghana).

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