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General News of Monday, 27 November 2000

Source: Graphic - Ben Owusu-Sekyere & Shirly Quaicoo

Cape Coast and Philadelphia sign protocol

THE Cape Coast Municipality and the State of Philadelphia in the United States of America (USA) have signed a protocol towards the establishment of a joint chamber of commerce to promote the creation of medium scale industries in the municipality.

Under the partnership, a free zone enclave is to be created in the municipality for the establishment of agro-based industries and other value-added products for export to the US market in particular.

The Cape Coast Municipal Chief Executive, Mr George Percy Ashun, who disclosed this at the opening of the first-ever Oguaman Congress at the weekend, said the protocol was signed in September, this year.

The three-day congress was attended by chiefs, opinion leaders and members of the general public to discuss, among other things, how to improve the educational, agricultural and tourism sectors in the municipality.

Mr Ashun said under the agreement, a computer-based entrepreneurial skill development centre will be set up to help train the youth.

In addition, the MCE said a team of communication experts from the State of Philadelphia have put in an application for the establishment of a private television station at Cape Coast to promote tourism.

He said the State of Philadelphia would also provide funds for the rehabilitation of the Cape Coast Central Hospital and also assist in the establishment of a health insurance scheme for the residents.

Mr Ashun said among the long term projects to be considered is the construction of a private airport as part of efforts to increase tourism visitations to the area.

Ghana’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Mr Samuel Villas Akyianu, called on citizens both in and outside the municipality to contribute towards its development.

This, he stressed, would help accelerate the development of the area and improve living standards of the people.

He commended the assembly and chiefs for the initiative and suggested that every citizen be levied a development fee, which would be used to develop the area.

A communiqu? issued after the congress expressed concern about the fallen standard of education in the area and called for the effective collaboration between the assembly, the church and the traditional council to address the issue.

It called for the establishment of community libraries and more scholarship schemes to assist needy students to go to school.

It also called for incentive packages for teachers to motivate them to work harder to raise educational standards in the municipality.

The communiqu? called on the assembly to liase with the Ghana Tourist Board to help reactivate nightlife activities in the municipality to promote tourism.

It also charged the municipal and traditional authorities to find lasting solutions to the sanitation problem in the area.