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