The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, has called for the adoption of Central Regional Programs for the transformation of the region.
She said the region should go beyond the current level of development at all levels.
“The narrative of the central region being among the poorest in the country is set to change,” she said.
Ms. Assan made the call during the launch of the Central Region Expo 2022 organized by the Central Region Coordinating Council (RCC).
The program, which would be held from July 23 to 30, has the theme: “Promoting trade, tourism and investment in the Center Region – Challenges, prospects and solutions”.
More than 500 exhibitors are expected to attend the week-long fair, designed as part of the regional development strategy and transformation program.
The central exhibition coincides with “Beyond Return” organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority and Panafest and Empowerment celebrations by the Panafest Secretariat.
The 23 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are expected to showcase their investment potentials during the program.
Ms. Assan further called on all to work together to position the region at the next level, saying; “We are determined to take everyone.”
“We want everyone to be part of the new regional development strategy,” she said.
She said the commitment to change the narrative regarding the development of the region is on track.
She indicated the commitment of the Regional Coordinating Council to support the promotion of an effective trade strategy to ensure the industrialization of the region.
She gave assurances of the government’s commitment to improving the road network in the region.
The program, she said, was a prelude to the annual Empowerment Day and explained that it aimed to create the platform to partner with Africans in the Diaspora to grow.
She said organizers invited 32 missions and embassies to the program; and that “the fair will welcome around 500 exhibitors”.
Ms. Assan commended the various assemblies for their support and urged them to also develop strategies to market their regions.
She called on the media to support the agenda of the Regional Coordinating Council in order to join in the transformation efforts of the region.
Central Regional Police Commander DCOP Amenyo said in his remarks that around 1,000 police officers would be deployed to each facility to ensure the success of the exhibition.
The President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, Odeefo AmoakwaBuadu VIII, who chaired the event, stressed the need for all to work towards the transformation of the region.
He commended the regional minister for her initiative to formulate a new development strategy and a transformation program for the region.
He also expressed concern about the deplorable road network in the central region and called on the government to rehabilitate all these roads.
Osaberima Kwesi Atta II, in his remarks, expressed his gratitude to the regional minister for the foresight in reviving the fortunes of the region.
The comments about the region had not been in favor of the region.
He urged all stakeholders to support the initiative to ensure the transformation of the region.
He called for a new mentality towards the consciousness of time.