Title:Gabon and Ghana target $4b investments at property show
Dated: November 2014
African countries, Gabon and Ghana participating at the International Property Show are looking to attract about $2 billion each in investments across diverse sectors, including affordable housing and agricultural land.
Ghana hopes to attract $2 billion in investments for projects in oil and gas, infrastructure, industrial development and transport systems, Seth Baah, President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Gulf News.
The West African nation has a deficit of 1.5 million affordable homes in need of a foreign investment boost, he said. “We are looking to build lower-end homes in the price range of $40,000 that the ordinary masses can buy,” he said.
It hopes to attract half a billion dollars for agricultural land development, another major area of business that Ghana is pitching during the show with a 300 per cent return on investment, Baah claimed, especially to Gulf countries that import over 90 per cent of their food requirements.
“We have a lot of virgin land in Ghana, very fertile and rich, but we need the technology and know-how to turn it around,” he said. “We can feed the whole of the Arab world.”
Rice, maize, cocoa, coffee, palm oil are some of the products Ghana is offering investors.
“We want to develop Ghana as a hub for trade and industry in West Africa,” Baah said.
Investor incentives include repatriation of all funds from free zones and registering foreign companies within five days, he said.
Asked about whether perceptions of corruption in some African countries are deterring investors, he said: “Corruption started from the Western world, they trained us, so they shouldn’t talk about corruption here.”
Asked about challenges faced in attracting investments, he said: “Some don’t want to leave their comfort zone. They lump Africa into one country and think it’s all full of war. That’s why we are here, to change perceptions.”
Gabon, another African country represented at the IPS, also showcased $2 billion worth of projects in infrastructure, agriculture and services, said Lloyd Humphrey Labouba, communications manager for the Agency of Promotion of Investment and Exportations (APIEX) in Ghana.
“We are looking for investors from the Gulf and around the world,” he said
Paulina says: I've often wondered what investors are offered in return for investing in Ghana -and its good to finally know -no? Its good to read it coming out of the horses mouth -no?
Apparently, "rice, maize, cocoa, coffee, palm oil are some of the products Ghana is offering investors."
I wonder............. I wonder what is then left for the people of Ghana??????
Yes we need investment, -but there's been sooo much loans coming into Ghana -certainly under this present government from this and that, here and there ------where have all those monies gone???
Still, its good to know that Mr Baah and his posse......dot, dot, dot............. are wanting to build homes in the $40,000 price range for the ordinary Ghanaian to buy!!!!
But, I'm still worried................ what is a 300 per cent return on investment?????
Why should Africans always pay back soooooooooo much more than they borrow/beget??? Why the desperation????????
Maybe I'm just not clever enough to understand, or I just don't get it.......but are we being secretly sold down the river?????? Are Ghana's Gods-that-be secretly selling 'all the family china' -for the here and now.......with no thought for tomorrow????? FB