Calls for Diaspora development inclusiveness deepen

Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Co-Founder, President of Praxis Strategic Group

Following many calls urging successful Ghanaians in the diaspora to come back home to invest and explore various opportunities in the country, an entrepreneurial development organization, Praxis Africa Strategic Group has set up a project to deepen this developmental initiative.

The project dubbed: Sankofa Project Back Home, is aimed at recruiting professionally skilled Ghanaians in the U.S., U.K. and Europe to explore employment and vocational opportunities, starting a business and taking advantage of the vast benefits in the tourism sector of the economy.

The group is working with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s), and Ministry of Business Development to explore the various opportunities in the district level to promote onward development in the decentralization process.

At the start, the project is focus mainly on Ghanaians living in New York and New Jersey, as it is estimated that the majority of the Ghanaian population in the U.S. live in these two cities.

The skilled professionals that are expected to be recruited on the project include teachers, software developers. Information Technology (IT) experts, people with manufacturing skill and any other important skill that seeks to complement and explore the opportunities at the district level.

Speaking with the Goldstreet Business, during the first day of the annual conference on Local Economic Development and Business Innovation (LED-BI) forum in Accra, Co-Founder and President of Praxis Strategic Group, Dr. Delore Zimmerman said his outfit is working with to drive and promote development at the district level.

“We are working with companies to promote the need for workers with skill, working with tourism people to promote tourism opportunities and explore other areas. It’s just a prospect of Ghanaians living and working in the US, UK and Europe to come back and invest here”, Dr. Zimmerman said.

The forum seeks to promote an open dialogue on local economic development and business innovation, strengthening a national alliance by engaging stakeholders to promote cooperation at regional and local levels by stimulating policies towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

By Dundas Whigham