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Regional News of Monday, 10 February 2014

Source: GNA

De-politicize Education and Tourism in C/R

Participants at a 10-day Economic Assessment and Sensitization Workshop have suggested the de-politicisation of Education and Tourism in the Central Region, to prevent the two sectors from losing their values, since the region hosts majority of the nation’s schools and tourist attractions centers.

They also suggested that supporting institutions such as the Ghana Education Service, the Ghana Tourism Authority, the Ministries of Education and Agriculture, the Ghana Fisheries Commission, and other stakeholders should be re-structured and their policies strengthened to give the economy a firm ground.

The workshop jointly organized by the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) and Mesopartner, a German firm specialized in territorial development, competitiveness and innovation, is to among others, propose innovative ideas that will stimulate the growth of the metropolis economy.

The workshop is also aimed at exposing the participants to what project proposal is about; educate them on available opportunities in other economic sectors, which are yet to be fully exploited.

It was attended by officials from government organizations and entrepreneurs in the region, to enable them come out with ideas that will promote and enhance the economic structure of Cape Coast.

Ms. Zini Godden, a facilitator of the Participatory Appraisal of Competitive Advantage (PACA), said the aim of her outfit is to develop distinctive, pragmatic participatory bottom-up approach on territorial development, by coming up with innovative tools based on the knowledge that local actors need to address the challenges on innovation and change.

She said the firm also concentrates on projects such as agriculture, agribusinesses, manufacturing, industry, tourism, education and the fishing market, which happens to be the main economic activities in Cape Coast.

Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive, Priscilla Arhin expressed happiness that Mesopartner in collaboration with CCMA have created the platform for dialogue on the best ways to help boost the economic sector in Cape Coast.

She said the region has potentials in areas of agriculture and agro-processing, tourism infrastructure, fishing industry and education. And for that reason, all hands must be on deck to help develop these sectors to have a firm ground to help boost the economy of Cape Coast and the nation as a whole.