Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, March 29, GNA - Singapore has applauded Ghana for promoting peace and unity in diversity, especially under the Fourth Republic Constitution, to engender stability in the country.
Mr Hawazi Daipi, the Singaporean High Commissioner to Ghana, said his country was ready to take advantage of the congenial atmosphere to maximize its investment in the West African country.
Ghana, has over the years enjoyed good relationship with Singapore, one of the Asian tigers, culminating in the sharing of development experiences, especially in the areas of capacity-building in information, communication and technology (IT) advancement for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
Mr. Daipi, who was speaking during a courtesy call on the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi, Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, indicated that such collaboration had come with its own socio-economic advantages to the people.
The visit, was to identify investment opportunities in Ghana’s second largest city, which boasts of many investment potentials in the area of tourism and culture, trade and marketing.
The High Commissioner said Singapore attaches greater importance to environmental sustainability, and in pursuance of this objective, it was willing to work with Ghana in attaining the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15.
The goal, emphasizes the need to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managed forests, combat desertification, halting and reversing land degradation, as well as biodiversity loss.
Mr. Assibey-Antwi, in his welcome address, elaborated on various projects being implemented by the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government, including the ‘Free Senior High School (SHS)’ policy, ‘Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)’, ‘One District, One Factory (1D1F)’ project, ‘One District, One Dam’, and other novelty programmes structured to make life comfortable for the people.
Commenting on the Government’s ‘Youth in Afforestation Programme’, the Mayor explained that the initiative was geared towards improving the vegetation cover of the nation in general.
It was for this reason, he said, that the Assembly had over the last two years been implementing a project dubbed: ‘Keep Kumasi Clean and Green’, which had so far, seen it plant various tree species to improve the biodiversity.