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Does A New Export-Based Green-Agro-Industrial Opportunity With A Super-Lucrative Value-Chain Await Ghanaian Entrepreneurs?

Does A New Export-Based Green-Agro-Industrial Opportunity With A Super-Lucrative Value-Chain Await Ghanaian Entrepreneurs?
MAY 3, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE

Whiles members of our nation's mostly-clueless political class wrack their brains, trying to figure out how to create wealth and provide jobs for our younger generations, a huge potential export commodity, with a gargantuan global market, is being neglected. Hmmmm, Oman Ghana eyeasem o - asem kesie ebeba debi ankasa.

Yet, as a people, we have the nous and gumption to develop and commercialize this export commodity, with the expertise of Dutch research universities, in win-win partnerships with researchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and researchers from our best public and private universities.

And, best of all, that new export commodity's value-chain, has the potential to provide plenty of lucrative business, for Ghana's private security industry. As some discerning and independent-minded Ghanaians are aware, a number of the industry's member-companies apparently provide legal cover for the private militias associated with political parties (according to bush-telegraph sources), which enable them to provide employment for those well-muscled-myrmidon-types.

As our contribution to kick-starting a matured and sensible national conversation, on creating and commercializing the new export commodity alluded to above, today, we have culled and posted content from the Outsider Club's latest newsletter blurb.

Naturally, being a sales pitch for attracting new investors, it is a bit exaggerated and rather long-winded, but in the main, it serves its purpose: getting our educated and clever urban elites to see the locked-up value in a new export industry, and how it's value-chain could be commercialized, to create untold wealth for Ghanaian entrepreneurs and their foreign partners, as well as jobs galore for our younger generations. Cool.

The question is: Does a new export-based green-agro-industrial opportunity, with a super-lucrative value-chain, await Ghanaian Entrepreneurs? One that helps to restore degraded land damaged by toxins left by galamsayers across Ghana, for example?

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

This author has authored 295 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: KofiThompson

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