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BARBARA OTENG-GYASI OUTDOORS YEAR OF RETURN CLOTH

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The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has outdoored the Year of Return cloth at the third edition of the Ghana Diaspora and Homecoming Summit 2019.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has outdoored the Year of Return cloth at the third edition of the Ghana Diaspora and Homecoming Summit 2019.

She observed that the Diaspora and Homecoming Summit, which will be one of the key events during the Year of Return, comes at a time when the landscape of opportunities in Ghana is growing. The summit, which opened on Wednesday, ends on Saturday 6 July.

The Year of Return is a year-long programme of activities being organised by the Ghana Tourism Authority with the public-private involvement of stakeholders such as the Diasporan Affairs Office at the Presidency, the Manifest Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Adinkra group.

Investment forum

Mrs Oteng-Gyasi urged the stakeholders to look at Ghana as an investment option and use the commemorations as an opportunity to network, engage and form solid relationships that will help them contribute to the building of the country.

She said despite being away from home, many Ghanaians overseas continue to invest in the country by sending remittances, starting businesses and making donations to charitable organisations. In tourism, the Ghanaian diaspora serves as an important element of the inbound market.

“Many hotels, guesthouses, hostels, restaurants, sites and attractions are either owned or managed by the Ghanaian diaspora,” the Minister said.

She added: “Moreover, in this ‘Year of Return’ we are keen to closely engage the second- and third-generation Ghanaians, the bulk of whom have never visited Ghana, to look at Ghana as their holiday destination and a country of new frontiers and opportunities.”

The Minister thanked the Diaspora Homecoming Committee for spearheading the event, which has become a flagship for engaging Ghanaians living abroad.

She said, “Ghanaians have travelled far and wide and everywhere they have been, they have not only made their mark but continue to make a significant impact here at home.”

Celebratory highlights

Akwasi Awuah Ababio, director of diasporan affairs at the Presidency, said the aim of this third summit is to highlight and celebrate diasporan Ghanaians’ various achievements and contributions towards Ghana’s development. It is also a step in exploring Ghana’s rich heritage and the economic opportunities available in the country.

He said the government is fully aware of the difficulties many compatriots living abroad face when they return home.

There is a great need for the country to have a diaspora engagement policy that will enable diasporan Ghanaians to become fully involved in public life in Ghana, Mr Ababio said.