The Mayor of Pittsburgh, William Mark Peduto, has pledged to send a business delegation to Ghana next year to explore economic opportunities in the country’s manufacturing, infrastructure and technology sectors.
The Mayor of the western Pennsylvania city made the statement when Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, paid a courtesy call on him on Friday, December 20, 2019.
The Ambassador was on a 3-day visit to Pittsburgh to participate in the 2019 annual town hall and fundraising gala organized by the Ghana Association of Pittsburgh.
Dr Adjei-Barwuah emphasized the government’s commitment to expanding the economy and creating jobs for the Ghanaian youth. The Ambassador posited that “at the moment Ghana’s economy is expanding at a very fast pace, and given that Ghana is now the host of the Continental African Free Trade Area, the country is going to generate a lot of economic traffic and expecting improvements in connectivity and increase in demand for goods and services”.
“With a business-friendly environment like ours, companies from Pittsburgh can rest assured that their investments will be protected. And I believe that you have the capacity to send a delegation of companies to Ghana to explore and assess the numerous economic opportunities in our country”, Dr Adjei-Barwuah added.
Pledging his city’s support and readiness to partner with Ghana, Mayor Peduto remarked that, “over the past 10 years, companies and institutions in Pittsburgh, especially those in the educational and medical sectors, have expanded beyond our country’s borders but with limited presence in Africa”.
“This means that we have companies in other sectors that are eagerly looking to establish a presence in Africa. Together we can identify those that have alignments to the areas you are looking for so that we can send a delegation to Ghana as early as next year”, Mayor Peduto added.
The Ambassador also met with the Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald. The two leaders discussed support for Ghanaian residents in the county.
Additionally, as part of the tour, Dr. Adjei-Barwuah met with the Ghanaian community in a town hall meeting and later at the association’s annual dinner. He also joined the church of Pentecost on Sunday for fellowship.
The Ambassador was accompanied by Kofi Tonto, Head of Information & Public Affairs, Edem Avotri, President of the Ghana Association of Pittsburgh, and other executives of the Association.
By: Prince Baffour Asamoah