Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, has advised Ghanaians resident in Norfolk, a suburb of the UK, not to feel left out of the government’s development agenda.
He indicated that as the economy expands, there are opportunities in all sectors and suggested to Ghanaians resident in Norwich and other parts of the UK, to get involved and be part of the transformation agenda.
“Over the years, your remittances have helped put up schools, beefed up the economy, but it is now time for your presence to be felt on the ground,” Mr. Owusu Ankomah acknowledges.
The outreach programme to Norwich, which saw him visit the offices of Anglia DNA, state of the art UK laboratory offering a range of scientific services, specialising in DNA, Drug & Alcohol Testing for both court-directed and private purposes. The facility is owned by a Ghanaian, Dr Thomas Haizel. The visit was part of the High Commissioner’s attempt to meet Ghanaians resident in major parts of the UK.
He recounted government’s efforts to diversify the economy, citing planting for food and jobs, one district-one factory (1D1F) among others, as some of the programmes Ghanaians in the Diaspora can take advantage of.
The High Commissioner reminded the gathering of Ghanaians of the forthcoming fora in Europe aimed at formulating a Diaspora Engagement Policy (DEP) to inform how government harnesses the skills and talents of its citizens abroad and encouraged them to participate in the deliberations.
The High Commissioner was accompanied by Mrs Joyce Asamoah Koranteng, Minister Counsellor for the Commonwealth and Diaspora Affairs; Mr Kofi Addo, Head of Trade and Investment; Mrs Adoma Dennis, Counsellor for Welfare and Consular and Mr Dodzie Numekevor, Head of Public Affairs and Information of the Mission.