The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Friday, 27th December, 2019, launched the “Beyond the Return, The Diaspora Dividend” Initiative, at a transient ceremony at the Kempisnki Resort, Accra.
As the ‘Year of Return’ draws to a near, President Akufo-Addo stated that the rationale of ‘Beyond the Return’ is to “engage Africans in the diaspora and all persons of African descent more positively in parts such as trade and investment co-operation, and expertise and expertise development”.
It will be recalled that 15 months in the past, on 20th September, 2018, at the Washington Push Club, in Washington D.C., the President proclaimed 2019 as the “Yr of Return”.
Its intent was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the time when the very first 20 West African slaves were introduced to the Commonwealth of Virginia, which subsequently became portion of the United States of The united states, therefore initiating 1 of the most unfortunate and barbaric episodes of human record – the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
With 75 for every cent of the slave dungeons built on the West coast of Africa, by way of which the slaves were transported, located in Ghana, he mentioned that the place believed that it had a duty to prolong a hand of welcome again residence to Africans in the diaspora.
“It was our hope that the ‘Year of Return’ would be a joyful and mastering experience all round for all of us on the continent and our kith and kin from the diaspora, specifically in affirming our willpower that by no means yet again really should the African peoples permit themselves to be subjected to these kinds of dehumanising disorders, marketed into slavery, and have their freedoms curtailed,” he claimed.
President Akufo-Addo ongoing, “It has confirmed, so much, to be just that, with some two hundred thousand (200,000) additional website visitors taking up the give to check out Ghana all through the 12 months.”
The Ghana Tourism Authority, the employing agency less than Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Lifestyle, will be in the forefront of bringing all stakeholders collectively, in what will be a concentrated push at the empowerment of black people today, making use of Ghana as the hub.
President Akufo-Addo urged diasporans to change the African narrative, which has been characterised mainly by a concentration on condition, hunger, poverty and unlawful mass migration.
“Let us all don’t forget that the future of all black folks, no make any difference wherever they are in the entire world, is bound up with Africa. We need to support make Africa the position for financial investment, progress and prosperity, and not from exactly where our youth flee in the hope of accessing the mirage of a better life in Europe or the Americas,” he stated.
That, in accordance to President, is what ‘Beyond the Return’ will search for to do, “so we can derive most dividends from our relations with the diaspora in mutually advantageous co-operation, and as associates for shared advancement and development”.
Citing the contribution of Chinese diasporans to the progress of China’s economy, President Akufo-Addo noted that when international corporations, in the late 1970s, reduced their investments in China, it was the Chinese Diaspora that shored up the economic system.
In accordance to the Washington D.C. based mostly Migration Policy Institute (MPI), 50 percent of the international immediate financial investment, i.e. $26 billion, that reworked China into a producing powerhouse in the 1990s, originated from the Chinese Diaspora.
“That is why I am energized and keen on this new initiative of “Beyond the Return”, and the renewed enthusiasm about setting up Africa together. Let us imbibe in ourselves a deep consciousness and comprehending of the ambitions and record of the African peoples,” he mentioned.
The next fifty percent of the 20th century, President Akufo-Addo additional, witnessed a good blow for human freedom and progress, when the African peoples, in the wake of Ghana’s shining instance, liberated themselves from the colonial and imperialist yoke and the racist ideology of apartheid, and emerged as free, independent peoples to assemble new nations of hope and progression.
“The first fifty percent of the 21st century must consolidate this improvement, and see the growth of modern, affluent, technologically-highly developed nations, inside of a united Africa, which would make a fact of the desire of the 21st century as the African century, and deliver dignity and regard to black individuals all over the entire world,” the President said.
Source: 3information.com | Ghana