The overwhelming success of the Year of Return initiative revealed that the diaspora community has a desire and interest in investing in Ghana.
This led to the creation of a Diaspora Investment Desk (DID), at the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) under the auspices of the President.
Engaging the diaspora community is important because research shows that the diaspora brings inconsiderable amount of remittances estimated at over $3 billion as of 2019.
It is on the back of this that the GIPC with the support of Beyond the Return Secretariat is organising the first edition of the Diaspora Business Breakfast Meeting, aimed at harnessing the network of opportunities within the diaspora.
Scheduled for November 17, 2020 (7:30 am – 11:30 am), the meeting is expected to be a convergence of Diasporas with skills, technical know-how and capital, who are ready and willing to invest in the Ghanaian economy to support government’s Ghana Beyond Aid agenda and also re-integrate members of the diaspora into the Ghanaian economy.
Key among the topics to be discussed will include opportunities for Diaspora Direct Investment, government policies that will impact positively the doing of business in Ghana as well as how Diaspora Direct Investment will add to development of a contemporary and knowledge-based economy.
The meeting will be graced by the presence of the CEO of the GIPC, Yofi Grant as well as other stakeholders from the Diaspora Affairs Office of the President, the Trade and Foreign ministries.
The event will also be streamed live on selected GIPC social media platforms on @ghanagipc, @gipcghana, @gipc, on myjoyonline.com and all the social media platforms of Multimedia (Joy Business) who are the media partners for the event.
Commenting on the upcoming event, the CEO of GIPC was positive that an engagement with the diaspora is a worthwhile course.
He said, “the diaspora community have expressed interest in either living or establishing businesses in Ghana.
It is, therefore, our expectation to convert these opportunities to viable economic activity”. Together, let’s “grow in Ghana and grow with Ghana.”