GHANA HIGH COMMISSION IN UK IS TO RELAUNCH THE DIASPORA DATABASE – SAYS HE PAPA OWUSU-ANKOMAHadmin
The Ghana High Commissioner to the Court of St. James in London, HE Papa Owusu-Ankomah has hinted that the Mission will shortly relaunch its database of Ghanaians resident in the United Kingdom and United Kingdom citizens of Ghanaian descent or heritage, to obtain relevant information on their areas of expertise and interests.
This would ultimately enable the Ghana High Commission to have a comprehensive network of knowledge to assist in the transformational agenda in Ghana and make significant contributions to move ‘Ghana Beyond Aid.’
The High Commissioner made the statement on Saturday, 16th June 2018, at the inauguration of the Ghana Association Humberside (GAH) at Kingston, Wesley Methodist Church, Hull City. In his address, he further touted some policies and programmes undertaken by the Government of HE President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo which has earned the country as a beacon of hope in the sub-region.
Continuing, H.E stated that Government recognises the transformational power of the Diaspora, which has made countries, such as, China and India, among others become economic powerhouses. He added that their contributions and talents are needed to spur growth and advance the development agenda of the country. Against this backdrop, Government had established the Office of Diaspora Affairs and situated it in the Office of the President, to closely work with the Diaspora through enhanced engagement in the governance and economic development of Ghana.
He further commended the Diaspora community for remittances sent home to households and individuals which is regarded as a critical source of income, livelihood and investment for many families at home. According to him, these remittances build homes and businesses, pay for education and healthcare bills, support the aged and parents in retirement, and ultimately keep many of our compatriots from poverty. In this regard, Government is putting in place policies that would encourage more financial remittances to be converted into development capital.
The High Commissioner congratulated the Executives of GAH for their unflinching efforts with respect to the formation of the Ghana Union Humberside and urged GAH to take part in the economic development of the country by identifying a niche in the growing investment sector, notably in agriculture, energy, real estate, service delivery and other sectors which would enhance their personal economic wellbeing and, by extension, the development agenda of the country.
The Chairman of the Association, Mr. Thomas Donkor in his welcome address thanked H.E Papa Owusu-Ankomah and his entourage for taking time off to grace the occasion. He disclosed that the Association made up of non-sectarian Ghanaians was mooted basically to seek the welfare of our compatriots resident in Hull and its environs. He further urged other Ghanaians who are not members of GAH to join the Association where their expertise and experience could be harnessed to move GAH to a higher pedestal worthy of contributing its quota to national development back in Ghana.
In attendance was Owusu Ansah, Head of Welfare & Consular Section and Darlington Aheto of the Protocol Section of the Mission.
Source: GHC Trade Section