By: Kingsley Nana Buadu
Government says, it has invested two million U.S dollars in renovating tourism facilities in the Central region and also promote other new ones to create employment and generate revenue.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and creative Art, Mark Okraku Mantey who represented the President, explained that, the total development and growth of the nation largely depends on the regions, hence the need to support the promotion of Investment opportunities.
This was during the official opening of the week-long Central Region Trade, Tourism and Investment Fair open in Cape Coast.
The theme for the Expo is “Promoting Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Central Region- Challenges, Prospect and Solutions”. The week-long fair is being organised by the Central Regional Development Commission CEDECOM and the RCC.
The region is not only noted for its tourism attractions and citadel of Education but also abounds in many other potentials including agriculture, mining, fishing, Culture and traditions with many beautiful festivals and other businesses. The fair is seeking to project them and maximise the already known potentials.
All the 22 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies are showcasing investment opportunities abound in their areas.
Some selected entrepreneurs and young businesses from the Districts were given the opportunity to exhibit their products and services. As part of the fair, Trade, Tourism and Investment business forum would also be organised. The timing for the Expo, was chosen to coincide with the “Beyond The Return” by Ghana Tourism Authority and Panafest and Emancipation celebrations.
At the official opening of the fair, the Oguaa Manhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta who chaired the programme and the President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Odeefour Amoakwah Buadu, highlighted the importance of the fair to the regions development and employment creation.
They called on investors from far and near to take advantage of the numerous investment opportunities in the region to do business and create employment for the people. The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, also highlighted what investors stand to benefit investing in the region and pledged government support through the RCC , Chiefs and governmental agencies to such investors.
The Deputy Minister For Tourism, Culture and Creative Art, Mark Okraku Mantey, represented the President. He congratulated the region for the initiative which he believes would change the narrative of the region.He mentioned beaches along the Coast of the region as one major investment potential which need to be critically looked at and the need to keep them clean. He again noted that, government has invested two million U.S dollars in renovating and improving tourism facilities in the Central Region.