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30.10.2003 Regional News

Create favourable atmosphere to attract investors - Tetteh

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Agona Swedru, Oct 30, GNA - Dr. Lawrence Tetteh, an Evangelist, has called on Ghanaians to create a favourable atmosphere to attract investors.

He said negative comments about the country would scare and discourage potential investors.

Dr. Tetteh, who is the leader of the World Miracle Outreach based in the United Kingdom, was speaking to the GNA at the beginning of a four-day crusade at Agona Swedru, in the Central Region organised with the local Christian Council of Churches, Ghana Pentecostal Council and independent Churches.

The Evangelist, who is an Economist, said the time has come for Ghanaians to preach positive things about the country and the government to attract international capital.

He expressed concern about the attitude of some Ghanaians who cheat their foreign business counterparts, saying, "Every reasonable business person will not like to put his money in an area where he or she would be cheated or duped since the whole investment being made should yield profit at the end of the day".

Dr. Tetteh charged media practitioners, politicians and social commentators to be mindful of the stories they write and publish to avoid sending the wrong signals to the business community.

He said, "It will be unwise for you to say negative things about your nation because the more positive things you say will make people develop interest in the country".

The Evangelist also called on Pastors and politicians who get the opportunity to preach and speak on the electronic media to use the chance to promote peace and tolerance.

He stated that his travels throughout the world have made him convinced that Ghana is one of the most peaceful countries, saying, 'most countries in sub-Sahara Africa are not enjoying the kind of peace prevailing in Ghana".

"Ghanaians should count their blessings, honour God and allow him to take control over our lives".

Dr. Tetteh called for unity to ensure peace in the West Africa sub-region and urged Churches to invest some of their resources to create jobs for the youth since the government alone cannot meet all the needs of the people.

He said the Outreach has finalised arrangements to organise a crusade at Agona Swedru in February 2004, adding that, out of the 150 participants who would be attending from outside, 50 are business executives who would be exploring investment opportunities in Ghana.

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