NDA Woos Turkey to Boost Private Sector Investment
The Northern Development Authority (NDA) received the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Ozlem Gulun Ulueren, at its head office in Tamale. This was to facilitate talks around deepening corporation between the two countries, especially to woo Turkish investors to the Northern Development Zone (NDZ), comprising the Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana.
In his welcome address, Dr Hakim Wemah expressed his excitement about the ambassador’s visit, stating that she is a friend of northern Ghana and has always expressed positive thoughts about the area and its people. He was hopeful that the meeting will lead to fruitful business and social partnerships that will inure to the benefit of both parties.
Also addressing the meeting, Dr Alhassan Sulemana Anamzoya, the Chief Executive Officer of NDA, appealed for technical support to help curtail the perennial problem of flooding in the area and also be able to channel excess rain and flood water into storage to drive dry season irrigation farming in northern Ghana. This, he added, will further ensure that more young people are attracted to farming and will reap the benefit of engaging in year-long irrigation fed agriculture. He expressed his hopefulness that these among others would greatly benefit in terms of technology transfer and investment from the Turkish Government and Turkish private sector to improve the lives of the people of the area.
The discussion highlighted key areas of potential investment that the authority is currently focused on that would be of interest to the Turkish private sector. Key among these were afforestation, adaptive agriculture and agribusiness. The NDZ is driven by agriculture and agribusiness and Turkey is well known for their expertise in that regard, therefore, a case was made for a linkage between the two markets which holds a huge potential for success.
The discussions also revealed the need for more infrastructural investment, especially roads, to open up the area to make it more accessible, especially as it also serves as a gateway to the Sahelian half of West Africa, which is a larger market that potential investors should show keen interest in. The creation of infrastructural assets for the poor in society will support the growth of small businesses.
H. E. Ozlem Gulun Ulueren expressed her delight at the opportunity to discuss the investment potential of northern Ghana and how this could be tapped by private sector in Turkey. She shared some insights on the areas of expertise that Turkish private sector can leverage to maximize the potentials in northern Ghana. She also emphasized the importance of women empowerment in the agriculture value chain as a catalyst for improving outcomes and promotion of food security in the area.