By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Accra, Aug.7, GNA – Mrs Patience Akyianu,
the Managing Director of Barclays Bank, Ghana, has urged the Government to
build an economy that rewards entrepreneurship, supports production and creates
She said the Bank would continue to
support the business community, entrepreneurs and the Government to achieve
She said the Bank had transformed
many lives and businesses with excellent banking services over the past 100
years it had been operating in Ghana.
Mrs Akyianu said this at the Sixth
Edition of the Ghana Economic Forum in Accra on Monday, on the theme: “Building
a Ghanaian Owned Economy, 60 years after Independence”.
The event was organised by the
Business and Financial Times and partnered by the Ghana News Agency, EIB Media
Group and Citi FM.
The Barclays Bank was the lead
sponsor for the forum, which brought together business and economic gurus,
policy-makers and policy think tanks to brainstorm on how to shape the
country’s economic agenda for growth.
Issues discussed at the forum
included; Investment in Ghana, the Energy, Agriculture and Insurance sectors
and how Ghanaian businesses could take advantage of the macroeconomic stability
to make gains.
It attracted more than 500 captains
of industries and entrepreneurs across the country.
Mr Felix Meshiam, a participant and
provider of agriculture services, told the GNA that he expected the forum to
take concrete decisions that would support the agriculture sector.
He said agriculture was the backbone
of the economy, therefore, government must create a conducive environment for
farmers to sell their produce.
“The biggest challenge for our
farmers now is lack of market to sell their produce and, therefore, results in
“Therefore government should take a
serious look at providing accessible market for our farmers by ensuring that
importation of certain food items like rice are reduced,” he said.
Mr Pious Abiou, a participant who
works with an energy firm, said his company borrows from the domestic market
and urged government to maintain and sustain the macroeconomic stability in
order to inure to the benefit of the private sector.
Mr Ebenezer Gani, another
participant, who works with an investment firm, expressed the hope that
government would factor the small and medium-scale enterprises into the “One
District, One Factory’’ initiative.
This, he said, would ensure that the
financial resources that would be invested in the programme would be retained
in the local economy.