The Daily Graphic urges Ghanaian entrepreneurs to learn best practices that have enabled other countries to make their commodities acceptable on the international market. It says exports are a crucial component of Ghana’s economy and therefore more efforts should be made by the country to increase its exports to grow the economy. According to the Graphic, Ghana’s economy, as of 2016 was 71st on the global export league, exporting $16.5 billion worth of goods. While the country’s top produce such as gold, cocoa, beans, crude oil and coconut may be accepted on the international market, the same cannot be said of other items. The paper therefore urges local entrepreneurs to make their products attractive on the international market to create more avenues for the country to increase its export earnings.
The Ghanaian Times says Ghana-Burkina Faso relations were taken a notch higher following the summit in Accra between leaders of the two countries. The paper lauds decisions taken to reduce the perennial flooding as a result of the spillage of the Bagre Dam. The Times is concerned that this year’s spillage has adversely affected small holder farmers under the government’s flagship programme ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’. It therefore supports the call by the chiefs and people in affected communities for government to speed up the construction of the proposed Pwalugu Dam to collect the excess water from the spillage for irrigation.
The Daily Heritage shares the sentiments of the Head of the Medical Laboratory Department at KNUST about the national economic down town. It urges government to find ways to manage the expectations of people in the face of high cost of living, loss of jobs especially in the financial sector and the rising cost of doing business. The paper says it is necessary to state what it calls the painful truth, so that efforts are made to fix the challenges.