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02.04.2007 General News

Otumfuo calls for early completion of Boankra project

By myjoyonline

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11, has called for the injection of more funding into the Boankra Inland Port project to facilitate its completion.

Consequently, Otumfuo appealed to the Korean Embassy in Accra to assist in getting some investors to partner the Ghana Shippers Council in the construction of the project, adding that there were enormous benefits to be derived from such investment.

Otumfuo, who made the call when the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr Wikeyei Chu, paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace, said investors would have no problems with land, because enough land had been released for the project.

He also stressed the need for the building of good relationship between investors in Ghana and the Republic of Korea to promote economic growth in the two countries.

He said as a developing country, Ghana would definitely need more support from Korea which had become an economic giant.

The Asantehene mentioned a small-scale entrepreneurial development in the Kumasi Cen┬Čtral Market as one typical area which must be looked at.

He said the private sector, which was considered the engine of growth, should be encouraged, adding that Asanteman was interested in partnership with their counterparts in Korea.

The Asantehene also touched on the agricultural sector in the country, saying that "it is the mainstay of the people in the region and this is one area where the two countries could collaborate, so that they could produce abundant food to feed the ever growing population".

He added that tile chiefs were prepared to make land available, so that they could use it as their share capital for any project.
Otumfuo emphasised that plots for estate development could also be released by traditional rulers.

He again stressed that Koreans could visit the country to enjoy the Ghanaian hospitality.

The Asantehene asked the Koreans to offer support to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The Ambassador, Mr Wikeyei Chu, said he would work hard with the Asanteman to have a twining relationship with Busan, the second largest city in Korea.

Mr Chu observed that he was working to bring a group of Koreans to participate in some of the cultural activities in Kumasi towards the end of the year. He promised to make follow-up visits to cement the cultural ties between his country and the Ashanti Region.

Culled from the Daily Graphic