Create partnerships for mutual benefit – President, Millersville University
The President of Millersville University, Lancaster, Dr Daniel Wubah, has called for the formation a joint committee of members from the State of Pennsylvania and Ghana to work on how to create partnerships for their mutual benefit.
According to him, this was necessary in view of the fact that, through dialogue and partnerships, the two can collectively achieve greater heights.
Dr Wubah made the call when delegates attending the second US Ghana Business Summit and Expo in Philadelphia, visited the university.
An initiative of the US-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, the event is meant to among other things help to deepen discussion and relationship with critical institutions that facilitate international business development and cooperation.
It is crafted to reflect the nature of the World Affairs Council, African Caribbean Business Council and World Trade Centre of Delaware, the annual event comes at a time when Ghanaian businesses and trade institutions are seeking credible collaborations and partnerships to scale up in the wake of the challenging economic environment in the country.
Dr Wubah said Ghana and Pennsylvania had a lot to share for their mutual benefit and noted that the time was now for concrete actions to be taken.
He added that, the joint committee will come up with recommendations to actualize the process.
Describing the summit and expo as a laudable initiative, he was optimistic that the event will witness the convergence of industries, ideas and aspirations as businesses from both sides of the Atlantic come together to forge a meaningful connection.
“From agriculture to technology, from sustainable practices to cutting-edge innovation, we have a remarkable array of opportunities before us,” he added.
Dr Wubah said for instance that, Lancaster has a diverse business sector with strong focus on agribusiness, tourism, manufacturing and distribution, adding that “Our region has much to offer”.
The Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Yofi Grant in welcoming the formation of the committee said Ghana was ready at any time and expressed the hope that the committee would be formed in time to start work.
He described Ghana as a resource rich country with many opportunities for investors to explore for the mutual benefit of Ghana and the investors who come in to do business.
Mr Grant said Africa was the next frontier and indicated that the earlier investors took advantage of the opportunities now, the better it will be for them going forward.
He mentioned the youthful nature of the population in Ghana and Africa, the total size of the population which represents a huge market as some of the potential benefits.
Mr Grant said the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfFCTA) makes Africa a single market with goods and services moving quota free duty free.
The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Michael Luguge, said the country’s ports had gone through processes to ensure that it provided efficient and competitive port services to businesses and enhance trade.