The U S Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L. Ross Jnr, has applauded Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for appointing Mr Martin Amidu as Ghana's Special Prosecutor.

Secretary Ross said the appointment of Mr Amidu as Special Prosecutor, particularly when he was from the opposition party ponted to the determination of the Government of President Akufo-Addo to clean-up the system.

He expressed the hope that Government would provide the needed funds for the efficient running of the Office.

"We must fight corruption—it has no place in any democracy and no place in any civil society," Secretary Ross added, when he addressed the maiden US-Ghana Business Forum in Accra on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

The forum, a high-level meeting of US and Ghanaian businessmen and women, sought to foster and deepen bilateral commercial engagements between the two countries, witnessed the Contract Signing between the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, and IBM-Ghana, in the application of "Blocking Chain Technology" in the digitization of the process of Land Administration.

It also aimed to support the Government of Ghana to take full ownership and responsibility for its economic growth and transformation in a new partnership with its country's partners through strategic and innovative domestic development for higher productivity, jobs creation and growth.

The forum was also expected to foster and strengthen trade and promote business partnership opportunities between US and Ghanaian companies in infrastructure, railway and renewable energy, and the technology sectors.

It was expected that at the end of the conference, US-Ghana Commercial relations would be strengthened and focus on improving the investment climate in both countries.

The event, which was organized on the theme: Strengthening US-Ghana Commercial Partnerships Towards a Ghana Beyond Aid, had Vice President Bawumia, other Government officials including the Trade & Industry Minister, Allan Kyeremateng and his Deputies, and the two Deputies Ministers of the Energy Ministry attending.

The strengthening of US-Ghana Commercial Partnerships towards a Ghana beyond aid, fitted into the vision of the Government of Ghana in transforming its economy through trade and investment as opposed to through aid.

The long-term pillars of the vision to build a Ghana Beyond Aid, are hinged on strengthening the knowledge, scientific and technical capacity of citizens by improving access and quality of the education system, leveraging on its natural resources for national development through value addition, or failing that, at a fair and mutually acceptable and beneficial terms of exchange.

Additionally, it will place greater premium on cross border and overseas trade and investment, deepen and enhance efficiency in domestic revenue mobilization, enhance efficiency in the allocation of public resources and greater accountability in the use of these resources, protect the public purse and punish corruption in all its forms in the conduct in the business of this nation, and, ultimately, strengthen the country’s institutions and systems, and build an economy for the next generation.


Source : Rex Mainoo