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14.11.2005 Diaspora News

Ghana Community in Dubai cry for Embassy

By GNA
Ghana Community in Dubai cry for Embassy
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Accra, Nov. 14, GNA - The Ghana Community in Dubai has petitioned the Ghana Government to establish an Embassy in that country to attract Gulf investors, who were searching for enabling business environment to make both short and long term investments.

They said that Dubai being one of the fastest growing economies after China was targeting an alternative partner in Africa that had a strategic proximity to the West and Europe in an atmosphere of political and economic stability, a description, which befitted Ghana.

The community, consisting about 200 Ghanaians, said it would cost the Government about 49,000 dollars per annum to operate a consulate office in a three or four room flat in Dubai. The cost covers yearly office rental initial set up, operation cost and operational cost for first four months and excluded staff and administrative cost.

Mr Emil Akumah, one of the Spokespersons, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that they resolved at a meeting held on August 5, 2005 at Dubai to petition President John Agyekum Kufuor to intervene and redeem the image of Ghana and also to facilitate trade between the two countries.

He said the rate at which Ghanaian traders flocked to Dubai had made the country more popular for its proverbial hospitality, inductive environment for potential investors and tourists, but their zeal to visit Ghana are normally cut short as there was no embassy to attend to them.

".... It is always with heavy heart to look such persons in the face and tell them sorry; we do not have an embassy, except in Saudi Arabia", he said.

"There are lots of investment opportunities awaiting Ghana in Dubai."

Other signatories to the petition presented to the President on November 7, were S.J.A. Hagan and David Rich-Agoe, both resident at Dubai.

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