Canada to support Ghanaian green entrepreneurs with funding

BY: Emmanuel Bruce
Harjit Sajjan

The Canadian government has committed 17.5 million Canadian dollars to support green entrepreneurs in Ghana, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, Harjit Sajjan, has announced.

He said the funding for the green entrepreneurs formed part of Canada’s efforts to help solve the climate change challenge which has fast become a global issue.

Mr Sajjan said this at a reception held for he and his team by Ghana Climate Innovative Centre (GCIC) in Accra.

He noted that no country in the world could fight the climate change menace alone, hence the decision of Canada to help other countries to all help in the fight.

He said the issue of climate change was a collective responsibility, hence the need for all hands on deck.

“If we deal with climate security; we will reduce conflict so we need to think innovatively,” he stated.

The Canadian Minister charged Ghanaian green entrepreneurs who seek to benefit from the funding to come up innovative solutions to solve the global crisis.

Need for action

The Founder and President of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah, in his welcome address called for the need for action in the fight against climate change.

He said there was a huge wave of climate change on the African continent, hence the need to start putting in place measures to help address it.

He expressed profound gratitude to the governments of Canada and Ghana for their dedication to the fight against climate change.

Mr Awuah gave an assurance that Ashesi University, through the GCIC would put in place all the necessary measures to contribute positively towards the fight against climate change.

Strengthened by support

The Executive Director of GCIC, Rukayatu Sanusi, said the centre was strengthened by the support and generosity of its donors who believe in its mission and work and by the pioneering spirit, commitment and hard work of our entrepreneurs.

She noted that, GCIC with support from the Canadian government would focus on physical policy to ensure small businesses get incentives from Ghana government.