THE Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, will leave Accra tomorrow for Tuscaloosa, United States of America (USA), as head of a high-powered delegation from the region to explore various businesses and development opportunities.
Disclosing this to the media practitioners in Sunyani last Wednesday, Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said the trip, which was long overdue, was at the invitation of the authorities of City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He said the trip would also afford the delegation the opportunity to hold fruitful discussions with their counterparts and to find out mutually beneficial ways of improving their development efforts.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo said apart from touring some important places, including the cotton farms, industrial sites like the Mercedes Benz manufacturing plant at Alabama, they would also engage in talks on investment opportunities in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He stated that the trip would afford the delegation an opportunity to highlight the economic potential of the region and to seek partnership and joint collaboration in various fields of co-operation.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo further said that members of the delegation would brief a large number of Brong Ahafo citizens in the USA on events at home, adding that a forum would be created for them to ask questions to enable the delegation to get ideas and suggestions from them.
“We will let them understand the need for them to come and invest and how successful their counterparts at home are doing to help development the region,” Mr Nyamekye-Marfo added.
He said the dignitaries the delegation would meet included the Governor of Alabama, Senators and the Mayor of Tuscaloosa, to strengthen the existing sister-city relationship between cities in Alabama and their counterparts in the Brong Ahafo Region. The visit will end on October 9, 2010.
Other members of the delegation are Mr Kwasi Oppong-Ababio, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive, Hajia Amina Amadu, the District Chief Executive for Jaman North and Mr Otu Essel, the Presiding Member of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly.
The rest are Ms Augusta Tettey, the Public Relations Officer of the Regional Co-ordinating Council, Mr Joseph Awuah, the Headmaster of Sunyani Senior High School and Mr Seth Appiah, the Finance Officer of the Sunyani Municipal Assembly.