Diaspora summit: Gov’t working to breach gap with the Diaspora – Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has indicated that the government is working assiduously to close the gap between Ghanaians living abroad and the country because of their significant contributions to the development and growth of the country.

He said this during the just ended 4th Diaspora celebration and Homecoming summit which was held on the theme: “Recognizing diaspora contributions towards nation building.”

“Diasporians have been impressed upon to return home to Ghana and contribute to the nation’s development and growth,” he stated.

He however admitted that, Ghana as country has a long way to go as far as issues regarding the financial sector is concerned, while expressing optimism that stringent measures being put in place by the current administration would gradually help bridge the gap and make things a lot better.

He revealed that over the 30-month period of being in power, the current government has invested about GHc 14 billion into the banking sector to secure about 1.5 million Ghanaian deposits and it is to fund future liquidity and entrepreneurship.

With regards to the banking sector and the clean-up of the sector, the Finance Minister noted that the structural revolution was necessary to protect the future of the banking sector.

“Our stock has changed considerably from where we were but we’ve got a long way to go but not because we just want to win but we have to be clear that we have to have the energy to continue to persevere.” he stated.

The minister acknowledged the contribution of Ghanaians living abroad and urged the diasporans to come back home to build the nation and make it great.

“Galvanize members of the Ghanaian Diaspora and encourage them to bring home to Ghana their financial and human resources, locked up throughout the world, to accelerate nation building,” he added.

The 2019 Homecoming Summit is part of the Year of Return celebrations to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first 20 West African slaves in the United States.

Source: Eric Nii Sackey




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