By Peterking Quaye, Business Reporter for Shout-Africa.com from Accra,Ghana – In the quest to help Ghana and Africa take its rightful place in the sight of the world. Dr Kofi Amoah, Chief Executive Officer of Progeny Ventures, on Tuesday called on Africa governments to put their under-utilised resources together to build sustainable economy and reduce dependence on aid.
He said Africa must learn to live within its means, learn to balance its budgets and limit dependence on aid and external financial assistance. Dr Amoah was contributing to a roundtable on the topic: “Africa: New Opportunities, New Challenges”, in Accra, organised by the management of Business Times Magazine, a monthly business publication.
As part of activities to celebrate its 20th-edition.The Challenges facing Africa discussed by the five panel member ,included sanitation, entrepreneurship, innovation, business performance, information and knowledge flow and building strong infrastructural systems to boost the economy. In her speech Mrs. Edith Dankwa, Executive Director, Business and Financial Times, said new opportunities created by most challenges in the past had helped to achieve economic freedom and growth.”It is imperative for entrepreneurs to periodically come together to brainstorm on issues affecting their operations. Such for would expose entrepreneurs to new ways of doing things and equip them with the needed tools towards national development”, she said.
Dr Kofi Amoah, explained that Africa’s new opportunities must be embraced with an African Mindset. On policy response, he said Africa must adopt economic policies that would reflect realities of the society, ensure Africans work to combine land and other resources to produce its needs and drive a viable export sector.
He said though Africa might have been badly hit as other regions due to the recent global crisis, it had a lot of lessons to learn from past experiences. Dr Amoah urged politicians to negotiate with traditional rulers to make land available for investors to invest in their economies for national development.He called on young graduates to improve on their brand and packaging abilities to equip themselves for opportunities.
The Panel also had Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Chief Executive Officer of UT Bank, speaking on corruption,he was the view that it has become entrenched and must be tackled strongly, adding “Africa needs strong public institutions”.He noted that if Ghana could reduce corruption by 50 per cent she would be an economic haven. On revenue mobilisation, Prince Amoabeng said institutions and systems must work efficiently for African countries to raise the needed resources to develop, otherwise Africa would remain poor if it did not fix its tax systems.
He revealed that the structural and institutional deficiencies of African countries continued to hamper their progress and limit their ability to take advantage of available opportunities.”Financial intermediation must be deepened to reflect the standards of a modern economy, and make Africa a viable consumer and investment destination,” he added. Prince Amoabeng advocated for a “national vision plan” for all political parties for implementation when voted into power for national development.
He further admonished African Governments to empower their nationals to take up businesses in their countries rather than “leaving them for only foreigners”.
The ended on a very promising note and participant that spoke to shout-africa.com hoped it will continue as it helps to bring development issues to the public domain and also calls on stakeholders to be alert about societal works. We will bring you up to date to the next dates and venue for the next edition.