Young Ghanaians living in the diaspora have begun exploring business opportunities that exist in the country in order to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.
Through a programme organized in Accra by the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), which has a mission to enhance the contribution that Africans in the diaspora make to the continent’s development, 27 young diasporans—mainly from the UK—participated to look for areas they could invest to create jobs for locals.
Speaking to the B&FT in an interview, Arnold Sarfo-Kantanka, Chair of Future of Ghana—a UK NGO seeking to bring young people, especially the second generation of Ghanaians abroad— to the forefront of development of the country, said his outfit finds the trip very useful as it will encourage young Ghanaians abroad to invest their resources home.
“As part of our works, we want to inform and educate and encourage the youth to be more involved in development back home. So, we decided to bring some of our members to and explore and really understand what is going on the ground so that they will see where they can focus their attention with regards to investing here,” he said.
Also commenting on why such an initiative was birthed, Project Manager for MADE West Africa Project, Richard Leigh, said it is to sensitise the diasporan community on opportunities that exist back home.
“We have come to realise a lot of people are doing things on their own as individuals. But we want to show them what other opportunities exist in their home so that they can come together and do it on a large scale for the impact to be felt,” he said.
As part of the programme, the delegates were taken on separate field trips to acquaint them with some of the projects being undertaken by government which they could invest in as private actors. One of the places was the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme’s Greenhouse Project in Dawhenya in Accra.