On Saturday, June 3rd 2017 in Toronto, Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) aka Ghana Union launched the Canadian version of the Ghana Diaspora Home Coming Summit roadshow being organized by Diaspora Relations, Office of the President of Ghana.
Mrs. Nadia Musah (Deputy Director – Diaspora Relations) at the office of the President came from Accra to launch the event assisted by Ms. Bernice Adjei, a member of the Homecoming Planning Committee.
Dignitaries at the function included Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah, Deputy Director, NCA, Accra; Consul General Mr. John Bosco; Acting Head, Ghana Mission, Ottawa Mr. Johnson; Dr. Odame – Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto; Dr. Victor Awafo Chair GCAO Advisers; and leaders of various Associations and Churches
The Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit is slated to take place from July 5th to July 8th in ACCRA and intended to host Ghanaians in diaspora from all over the world to create a platform to harness the untapped potential of Ghanaians in Diaspora
Considering the short time the GCAO had to launch this event, a good number of Ghanaians in Ontario made it to the event, which took place at Apostle Continuation Hall.
After the launch and short remarks from Nadia and some of the leaders at the high table, the President of GCAO, Mr. Emmanuel C. Duodu, who moderated the event opened it up for questions. The attendees fielded questions bordering on – ROPAL (Diaspora voting rights); Treasury Bills and Securities; Human Trafficking of Ghanaians to the Middle East; Dual Citizenship processes; Simplifying business processes to garner inflow of business from international community; guaranteeing that the Diaspora Engagement of the government is sustained and preserved for generations; re-defining the term “diaspora” and the inclusion of African-Caribbeans who identify themselves as Ghanaians; how to reach the masses in the future. The panel did a great job in responding to the questions and the GCAO leadership promised to document the input from Ontario for Mrs. Nadia Musah
The Toronto community and Ghanaians in Canada are pleased that one of our own, Nadia, is at the Presidency in Ghana and the community will do everything to ensure she is successful in driving positive outcomes
Dr. Odame took the opportunity to share with the community the Sick Kids project in Ghana and the difference it is making in the lives of Ghanaians. He appealed to the community to support the project to decrease infant mortality
For more information about the Homecoming Summit can be ascertained at the site: http://www.ghanadiasporahs.
The GCAO aka Ghana Union in Toronto announced at the function that Ghanaian Diaspora Think Tank and Ghana Canadian Chamber of Commerce will be launched in Toronto July 22nd in Toronto. These two pillars are intended to create a platform for Ghanaians of myriad of professions, businesses, and talents to pool our knowledge and skills to strengthen our communities in Canada and liaise between our communities in Canada and Diaspora Unit at the Presidency of Ghana. You can shoot us an email about this upcoming event firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tune for more details