Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister has pledged the fullest support and cooperation of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in supporting the private sector in the region to establish, develop and grow their businesses.
He reiterated that the government appreciates the important role the private sector continues to play in the socio-economic development of the Western Region, in particular, and the country in general and urged them to engage and make any proposals which in their views will enhance a successful discussion to achieve the goal.
He recounted that as part of his strategic direction and paradigm shift for the region in connection with private sector support, and Investment Centre was opened at the RCC which has been providing one-stop-shop facilitation for investment and tourism promotion in the region.
Mr Darko-Mensah made the pledge at an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Western Regional branch of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) in Takoradi held on the theme, “The Role of the Private Sector in Enterprise Western Region.”
He added that as part of efforts in showcasing the region globally as the investment and tourism destination of choice, developing the private sector, the first and second edition of the Ghana Gold Expo to expose local businessmen and women to best practices and international partnerships, were organized in Takoradi in March 2020 and July 2021, and reaffirmed his commitment in making sure that such initiative stays in the region.
He opined that the Region in recent times has seen a significant improvement in road infrastructure which links the region to other regions and cited the Takoradi Harbour which has undergone expansion and facilitates easy exports and imports, making the Region suitable for small, medium and large scale enterprising and commercial activities.
According to the Minister, what was key for businesses in the Western Region today, has been in line with creating prosperity and equal opportunities for all in order to create business and promote investment for wealth creation.
“I have always aspired the Western Region to be the model Region of Ghana anchored on 3 pillars namely: Enterprise Western Region, Entrepreneurial Governance and Sustainable mainstreaming the youth throughout the SGDs thus, SDG plus the youth”, he pointed out.
Mr Darko-Mensah mentioned that the region has all the natural resources such as Forests, Agriculture, Minerals including Oil and Gas, Marine, Tourism, Human Capital, among others and therefore has all it takes to create the needed wealth and prosperity in the region if businesses focused and targeted on production, productivity and wealth creation.
He noted that to transform the economy of the country, Ghana must embark on an industrialization agenda that will depend on partnering with the private sector practitioners and other stakeholders to a value-added industrialized economy.
He stressed that the region was blessed to have most of the corporate organisations and businesses, manned by private individuals/sectors which were contributing to industrial development, agriculture, trading, infrastructure and social services and for that matter, the region acknowledges the private sector as a key stakeholder in both urban and economic development as a major contributor to national income and the principal job creator and employer.
Mr Darko-Mensah, therefore, commended the Chamber for improving the business environment which has enabled businesses to stay competitive locally and internationally while also providing business support services to enable member-firms to operate effectively, efficiently and profitably.
He noted that over the years the chamber has been a mouthpiece of the private sector which advocates for the growth and prosperity of businesses in Ghana while in the long run promoting the overall development of the Ghanaian economy.