THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo has called on the Australian Government and private enterprises to invest in the Brong Ahafo Region to add value to the region’s abundant agricultural produce to create jobs for the unemployed youth.
The investment, he said, could also help stem irregular migration among the youth in the region who often risked their lives through the desert enroute to Europe in search of greener pastures.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo made the call when the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr William Williams and his wife, Mrs Williams paid a courtesy call on him at his office at Sunyani.
Mr Williams and his wife are in the region at the invitation of the regional minister to attend the grand durbar of the chiefs and people of the Brong Ahafo Region to climax the year-long 50th anniversary celebration of the creation of the region.
President J.E.A. Mills is scheduled to address the durbar as the special guest of honour today.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo stated that the region had untapped natural resources, including mineral and clay deposits which the Australian investor community could take advantage of.
Apart from the natural resources, the regional minister said the people of Brong Ahafo were noted for their hospitality, coupled with the serene and peaceful environment which were pre-requisite for investment.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo gave the assurance that “any investment made in the region would be worthwhile and the investor would not regret”.
He said the region was once the leading producer of cocoa but as a result of indiscriminate bushfires, cocoa production had gone down, stressing that efforts were being made to reverse the trend.
Mr Williams said he would take time off his schedule to inspect solar power projects being undertaken by the Australian Government in 20 communities in Nkoranza and Techiman areas.
He congratulated the chiefs and people of Brong Ahafo on the occasion of their 50th anniversary and wished them the best.
Mr Williams also gave the assurance that the Business Development Desk of the Australian High Commission would follow up on the request made by Mr Nyamekye-Marfo.
The High Commissioner later decorated Mr Nyamekye-Marfo with an Australian-Ghana friendship badge to further strengthen the bond of friendship between the two countries.