The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, and the Chief Executive Officer of Bole District Assembly, Alele Veronica Heming, have urged Chinese investors to consider investment opportunities in Ghana’s Northern Region.
The two leaders from the region, who attended the 3rd Forum on China-Africa Local Government Cooperation in Beijing, China, met and interacted with potential investors in china who have diverse interests in partnering local authorities from Africa.
The forum, which was officially opened by China’s Vice President Mr. Wang Qishan, saw over 400 participants – including Heads of State and local government leaders from African countries and China as well as representatives from the business environment.
Dubbed ‘Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development’, the two-day forum saw delegates deliberating on key topics such as training of talents as a driving force for sustainable development and cooperation for production; and capacity enhancement as a means to push forward joint development of China and Africa.
The areas of interest for the Ghanaian delegation from the Northern Region were the education, health, agriculture, tourism, sanitation and mining sectors of the economy.
Ms. Alele, during an interaction with some of the potential investors, told them about the benefits they will enjoy if they decide to invest in the region.
Speaking to them about government’s flagship programmes such as the One-district, One-factory, Planting for Food and Jobs as well as One-village, One-dam, she said these are initiatives that government has rolled out to enable agriculture and industry thrive in the region, and also add value to the raw materials from agricultural produce.
For instance, she asked Jacky Wang – the Chief Executive Officer of Hebei Tomato Industry, a tomato-paste manufacturing company in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China – to consider establishing a factory in the Bole district of the Northern Region, as the district and region produces a lot of tomatoes and cashew which will serve as raw materials for the factory.
“We have cashew, groundnuts and the human resources, so consider establishing a factory – being a groundnut processing or cashew factory. This government is a pro-business government and we are ready to support any viable investment in our region,” she told the investors.
Mr. Saeed on his part said in order for the country to bridge the skills-gap that will ensure locals participate in the industrialisation agenda of government, it is rebranding technical and vocational education training for it to be placed at the centre of national development efforts.
He said government considers this as a major remedy to the rising unemployment levels.
He encouraged Chinese investors to consider investment opportunities in the Northern Region, which has the natural and human resources available to ensure their investments flourish.