An Academician, Professor Paul Buatsi, has called for a re-look at the entrepreneurial landscape of Volta and Oti regions.
He said the two regions were the microcosm of Ghana with rich human and natural resources, which could transform them beyond imagination with some entrepreneurial orientation.
Professor Buatsi who was speaking at the regional launch of the Volta Trade, Investment and Cultural Fairs 2019 on the theme “Sustainable Investment and Industrial Growth through Trade Promotion”, said though the regions were noted for creativity in local artisanry, engaging the youth in entrepreneurial trainings could help grow small scale traders into medium and global brands.
He said it was the only way to promote sustainable investment and industrial growth and create jobs for young people to transform fortunes of the regions.
Professor Buatsi said the regions had a lot to offer in tourism with rich natural resources, historical sites, culinary and art works and advised the Regional Coordinating Councils to harness those potentials.“Our cultural identity can easily be our source of entrepreneurship and business development,” he added.
He advised that education be made more practical to help build competencies that would link students to industry with a vacation package that allowed students to experience industry.
The Professor also called for the creation of entrepreneurial clubs and associations in schools and communities to invoke the interest of children in entrepreneurship and prepare them as change agents for the rapid socio-economic development of Volta and Oti regions.
Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister who launched the Fair said investing in industrialisation was the surest way to grow the private sector and open up the two regions for rapid development and charged the natives to get involved.
The Fair, which is the fourth in series, is scheduled from 25th November to 8th December and on the theme, “sustainable investment and industrial growth through trade promotion.”
It is expected to attract over 2,000 visitors, investors, professionals, entrepreneurs and over 200 local and foreign exhibitors and will feature business to business meetings, technical sessions and match-makings.
Dr. Letsa said it would help foster partnership and synergy between Volta and Oti Regions and grow the local economies of the Regions.
He asked local exhibitors to pay attention to packaging and promote made in Ghana products, assuring that incubator platforms would be made available to assist small and medium scale businesses to meet international standards.
Mr Maxwell Kofi Blagodzi, Deputy Oti Regional Minister said the Fair was an opportunity to deepen the bond between Volta and Oti stating the readiness of Oti region to participate in the two-week event.