The World Trade Centre Accra (WTC Accra) will soon announce a series of activities in support of the government of Ghana’s ‘Beyond the Return: The Diaspora Dividend’ initiative. The activities will be geared toward highlighting economic opportunities for Africans living in the diaspora and collaborating with Ghanaian public institutions to facilitate participation in those opportunities.
Consequently, WTC Accra (a licencee of the World Trade Centres Association, New York), will leverage its membership of the 328-member global network of WTCs in about 100 countries around the world to attract trade and economic delegations to Ghana; as well as design tour schedules which highlight economic/investment opportunities across the country.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched the ‘Beyond the Return: The Diaspora Dividend’ initiative as a follow-up to the hugely successful ‘Year of Return’ initiative, which saw a tremendous number of visitors from the African diaspora visiting Ghana in 2019.
WTC Accra is of the view that government’s objectives for launching the ‘Beyond the Return: The Diaspora Dividend’ initiative are laudable and consistent with WTC Accra’s own mantra of “promoting prosperity through trade”. WTC Accra is therefore well-placed to be government’s lead-partner in the initiative’s implementation.
In 2020, WTC Accra will implement a comprehensive programme of activities geared toward creating global opportunities for local businesses, as well as creating a soft-landing pad for international businesses seeking opportunities to participate in Ghana’s economy. These activities will include two-way trade missions, capacity-building workshops and seminars, and flagship programmes such as the International Trade Accelerator Programme (ITAP) – which will leverage WTC Accra’s global connections to create export opportunities for local SMEs.
WTC Accra will also seek to collaborate with government in positioning Ghana as a leading MICE destination in the lead-up to the 2021 General Assembly of the World Trade Centres Association (WTCA), which will be held in Accra, Ghana.