Chinese investors have been called upon to explore existing investment opportunities in Dagbon to yield great dividends considering the untapped economic potentials and the prevailing peace in the area.
"Dagbon is now ready for Chinese investors in areas such as agriculture, solar power generation, sheer butter production and animal husbandry,” Dr Benjamin Anyagre Ziignaa-Atteah, the General Secretary of the Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA), has said.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Dr Ziignaa-Atteah said the efforts of all governments, including the current administration of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had contributed to the current peace being enjoyed in Dagbon.
“The people had long awaited this peace, well over 10 years, and it is highly commendable and appreciated,” he said. He said Dagbon and the Savanah were ready for Chinese investors on a win-win engagement and that such investments, once made, would create jobs for the teaming youth and prevent them from engaging in activities that only culminated in unrest.
“The socio-economic potential of Dagbon and the Savana is huge for Ghana and the Sub-region, and represents an opportunity for investors to explore,” said the GHACHIFA General Secretary.
He said considering the hidden and untapped economic potential in the region, “investors who come now stand to yield great dividends in the future.” Dr Ziignaa-Atteah said GHACHIFA would play its role as a stakeholder to ensure that programmes and activities to sustain and improve on the lot of the area were carried to the letter.
“We would call for partnerships and collaboration towards the progress of Dagbon and the Savana, and for investors to identify themselves with opportunities there, with more emphasis on the local content in order to bring meaningful investment benefits to all parties involved.”
Dr Ziignaa-Atteah said GHACHIFA was putting together a team to organise a Savanah-China Investment Fair, because the road towards sustainable peace had been laid with the installation of Ya Na Abukari Mahama II, who looked up to a bright, prosperous and beautiful Dagbon.
He said the Association also believed that the enskinment of the Ya Na was a huge contributory factor towards addressing very important issues contained in the Directive Principles of State Policy of the 1992 Constitution. “This is the time that all hands must be on deck to build and rebrand Dagbon and the Savanah to attract investors as well as tourists,” said Dr Ziignaa-Atteah.