WTC Accra Partners Gov’t On Diasporan Initiative

Alan KyerematenTrade Minister

THE WORLD Trade
Centre (WTC) Accra has announced a series of activities in line with government’s
“Beyond the Return” initiative.

General
Manager of WTC Accra, Edem Kofi Yevutsey, commenting on the cooperation, said
WTC Accra would, this year, leverage its global reach to attract Diaspora
investment and capital into Ghana.

“In lending
our full support to government’s initiative, WTC Accra’s activities have
highlighted Ghana as a nation of economic possibilities and a beneficial global
economic partner,” he said, adding that WTC Accra was well placed to partner
government with its core mandate—being trade— which was also the main agenda of the initiative.

“We are the
premier private facilitator of investment in Ghana and a soft- landing pad for
businesses and individuals around the world seeking secure and lucrative
ventures in Africa. Our company comprehensively promotes and facilitates
professional delegations to trade expos around the world, organizes workshops
and specifically bridges the gap in trade between Ghana and the rest of the
world.

Yevutsey continued:
“We will begin the project with the launch of our International Trade
Accelerator Program (ITAP) on February 4, 2020. ITAP is focused on developing
trade through exports promotion among SMEs in Ghana, thus making them
competitive in the global marketplace and ensuring their sustainable
development.”

The ITAP
program is also developed in an effort to achieve Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) one, two, three and 10 among 14 other (SDGs) towards poverty reduction
in the Sub-Saharan Africa.  

The General
Manager said he was confident that by the close of the year 2020, Ghana would
earn the spotlight in the world as a leading business destination with the
combined effort of all stakeholders and the WTC Accra.

President
Akufo-Addo launched “Beyond the Return, The Diaspora Dividend” as a follow up
to the “Year of Return” initiative which was hugely successful with some
200,000 visitors taking up the offer to tour Ghana in 2019.

The Ghana
Tourism Authority, the implementing agency of “Beyond the Return” under Ghana’s
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, will be at the forefront of bringing all
stakeholders together, in what will be a focused drive at the empowerment of
black people, using Ghana as the hub.

This
initiative is to urge Diasporans to change the African narrative, which has
been characterized largely by a concentration on disease, hunger, poverty and
illegal mass migration.

WTC Accra
has been licensed by the World Trade Center Association (WTCA) – New York among
a network of 328 centers globally and duly registered in Ghana since 2008.

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