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Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Accra is the capital and largest city. The country's population in 2005 was 21,029,000.

It was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms, including the inland Ashanti kingdom and various Fante states along the coast and in land. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the fifteenth century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874.  It was the first African country to obtain independence from colonial rule. Upon achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation as a to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana that once roamed the west of Africa.  On March 6, 2007, Ghana celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its independence.
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Journey to Ghana   by Angelique Watkins

I shared this in 2002 or 2003.

We made our journey to Ghana and the world will never be the same. The trip was indeed historical but to say it was a total success would be a great understatement. We returned home. Only Ghana can make that claim. Slavery to the Western Hemisphere started in Ghana 521 years ago. Of the 46 slave castles that were used 22 were in Ghana. Every nation in the slave business (England, Spain, Portugal, France, Amsterdam and Arab tribes) utilized Ghana. Thus, after 521 years of slave descendents intermarrying, it is indeed safe to say that every one of us whose ancestors were victimized by slavery has some amount of Ghanaian blood running in our veins. Ghana is home to all of us!
Our reception was truly overwhelming. We met with President J. A. Kufuor where he talked with each of us one on one. The event was covered on national television and was in every newspaper. Ambassador Alan Kyerematen was our personal host and escort throughout the week. We had personal presentations with 10 cabinet ministers. The King of Kyebi gave us a very grand reception at his palace. We were also given 4 evening receptions by US Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates and three Ghanaian dignitaries.

We will begin establishing light manufacturing within the Free Trade Zones in Ghana. The first will be a computer assembly plant by Shikaneh Koncepts from Prince Georges County, MD. A textile manufacturing assembly plant will come soon also. Working in the Free Trade Zones is quite attractive. It is tax and duty free. 

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One must be cognizant that Ghana's minimum wage is $1 per day. An American sock manufacturer has moved to Ghana to produce the socks and ship back to the US and is saving $12 million per year just in the cost of doing business.

We will be establishing a Technical Assistance Program and a Capacity Building Program for the construction industry of Ghana. Our member architects, general contractors and construction managers will be continuously engaged in this huge project.

Our IT companies will be working together with the Ghana IT Association in the deployment of Broadband and wireless communications throughout the nation.
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Ghana will be building 140,000 affordable homes each year for the next six years. Our modular housing initiative has reached an agreement with the Minister of Housing and will be participating along with many other housing developers and builders from within our membership.

Agri-Business presents many opportunities and we will be aggressive in this area. Fish farms and poultry raising are just two areas that will command immediate attention.

We are setting up a mutual fund for the Ghana Stock Market (60% growth in last two years) and will also be promoting "Dual Citizenship" between Ghana and the US. Tourism will also be a big growth industry that we will soon oversee.

Going home is so productive, enjoyable and healthy!

Mr. H. C. Alford, NBCC President/CEO

Mr. F. Jordan, NBCC Chairman

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