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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

 

Ghana VP urges combined African
efforts for economic development

ACCRA, (Xinhua) -- Vice President of Ghana Mahamudu Bawumia urged here on Tuesday for closer cooperation among African countries to ensure rapid economic development.

Opening the two-day African Diaspora Homecoming Conference at the Plush La Beach Hotel, the Vice President underscored the need for the continent to develop beyond external support to a stage where it could manage its own economies.

“In Africa, we also have to understand that the way we are looked at, both in the Diaspora and on the continent, is linked and the underlying link is the economic development of Africa, and we have to make sure we combine our resources, our energies to make sure that Africa becomes developed economically and self-dependent,” Bawumia noted.

He urged the continent to take a cue from China and other Asian countries which also managed through hard work to reach where they are now.

The home-coming conference, which is being organized as part of Ghana’s 60th independence celebrations, brought together Africans domiciled in other parts of the world to talk about economic opportunities on the continent.

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in Ghana Catherine Afeku said the time had come for Africa to demonstrate to the world how to build economies from the creative arts.

“We have celebrated 60 years of independence and what Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa intends to do with our support is to see us into the seventh level of development in Ghana, and we will see the economic emancipation through culture, arts and deepening the interconnectedness with our brethren from the Diaspora,” Afeku stated.

She said the tourism and creative arts ministry had over the past three years been putting building blocks to showcase to the world that Ghana could build a creative economy.

In her welcome address, Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, President of Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa, organizers of the conference, noted that the value of democracy on the African continent today could not be underestimated.

“After 60 years of independence, Ghana is one of the freest, safest and most stable countries on the African continent. That is good news because Ghana’s heritage and history have always been significant beyond the shores of Ghana. The fortunes of Ghana have always been linked to the destiny of the continent,” Svanikier added.

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