Iddi Yire/Mohammed Abdulai GNA
Accra, Nov 18, GNA - Mr Charles Owiredu, a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MoFARI) over the weekend launched the Second Stakeholders Policy Dialogue Conference slated for November 28 - 30, at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The three-day conference, which would be opened by Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is being held under the theme: "Leveraging Economic Diplomacy for Ghana's Industrialisation Agenda".
It is being organised by MoFARI in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI).
Its objective is to share information and best practices as well as challenges faced by key stakeholders of Ghana's economy.
It would focus on the promotion of Made-In-Ghana products, the "Ten-Point Strategy on industrialisation" developed by the MoTI as well as Ghana's position on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA).
Mr Owiredu speaking at the conference launch in Accra recalled that last year, MoFARI in its effort to re-align its policies to effectively achieve Ghana's Foreign Policy objectives and to also give impetus to the Government's Economic Transformation Agenda, re-established the Economic, Trade and Investment Bureau (ECTIB) to play a central role in coordinating economic activities in collaboration with key stakeholders.
He noted that the same forum was used to hold the stakeholders' conference.
"The outcome of the conference is expected to provide crucial information that would support the effort of this Ministry through its Missions abroad to aggressively promote 'Made-In-Ghana' goods and services as well as attract the needed Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) for Ghana's Industrialisation Agenda," Mr Owiredu said.
He said it was pertinent for all stakeholders to understand the Government's "Ghana Beyond Aid" Agenda and work in concert to ensure that the transformation agenda being pursued becomes successful.
He took the opportunity to invite all stakeholders and policy makers to participate in the conference.
Madam Khadija Iddrisu, the Director, ECTIB, MoFARI, said the Ministry was seeking to gather pertinent information on goods and services produced in Ghana as well as its investment needs.
"As the gateway to Ghana around the globe, such crucial information would support the effort of the Ministry, through the embassies, high commissions and consulates, to aggressively promote Ghanaian goods and services as well as attract the needed FDIs to complement local investors for the advancement of the development agenda of the Government," she stated.