By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) will launch the Engineering Week Celebration (Tamale) and SADA Business and Investment Forum (SABIF 2015) in Accra on Wednesday January, 2015.
Daily Express gathered that the event seeks to bring together Ghana’s engineering fraternity and a wide range of local and international stakeholders interested in and committed to the development of Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) of Ghana.
According to the organisers the forum is the first collaboration of its kind between GhIE (who are celebrating their Annual Engineers Conference, dubbed Tamale 2015), and SADA (who are using this opportunity to launch the SADA Business and Investment Forum SABIF 2015).
A joint statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SADA Mr Charles Abugre and Ing. Magnus Quarshie, the President, GhIE said other partners will include includes Traditional Authorities, the University of Development Studies (UDS), the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), USAID-FinGAP, the World Bank Group funded Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP), various multilateral and bilateral development institutions, CSOs, private businesses and student and youth groups.
‘It is designed to be transactional in nature, combining exhibitions with technical dialogue session, and is expected to help broker technological knowhow as well as business and investment deals, particularly in the areas of Agriculture, Agro-business and Infrastructure,’ said the organisers.
The high point of this event will be the high level dialogue session expected to be chaired by the President John Dramani Mahama.
Also a special session focusing on Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security will be facilitated by John Agyekum Kuffuor (JAK) Foundation, and a grand durbar of chiefs and cultural events will climax the event.
The statement said many benefits to be derived from the Tamale forum by participants include an exhibition of products and services, direct business-to-business match-making, sealed business and investments deals and unprecedented networking opportunities, all of which would ultimately lead to job creation and the socio-economic development of the NSEZ.
The NSEZ covers five regions (Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo and Volta) representing the Northern Half of Ghana (40% of Ghana).
‘With a population of 11 million people, this enclave is endowed with vast natural resources of flat reach arable lands, water bodies and mineral resources including gold, clinker and iron ore. The area is blessed with a healthy tropical climate and a highly productive and hardworking labour force. It is the bridge between the southern half of Ghana and the growing markets of the Sahelian neighbours to the north. The NSEZ is indeed the emerging development frontier in Ghana and West Africa! ,’ said initiators.