July 28, 2013

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, Ms Hannah Serwaa Tetteh has stressed that the African private sector, in partnership with the state, has a uniquely important role in fostering the African Renaissance.

In a speech delivered on her behalf at the 8th Ghana-Africa Business Awards ceremony which took place in Accra, Ms Tetteh observed that several African countries were experiencing a fairly robust economic growth thanks to a resurgent private sector, adding that six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, which included Ghana, were in Africa.

The foreign minister was emphatic that Africa could not afford to ignore the potential dynamic effects of greater intra-African trade and collaborative intra-African manufacturing as the vehicle for the achievement of the much proclaimed African Renaissance.

The Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Burkina Faso, His Excellency Sini Pierre Sanou, delivered a goodwill message on behalf of other African diplomats.

The awards scheme was organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration by Top Brass Ghana, as part of the celebration of Africa Day in Ghana. It seeks to honour Ghana-based enterprises, including those with African origins which promote trade, investment and other economic relations between Ghana and sister African countries as envisaged under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).