Monday, March 30, 2015

COMING UP!>>Ep.37: East Africa Rising(2)

On 17 June, 2014, we initiated a discussion on East Africa.

As part of our “East Africa rising” programme, we are reprising the focus of East Africa on the Show, with a view to reminding listeners about the urgency of catalyzing and capitalizing on synergy with East Africa.

The Southern African country of Namibia recently opened a High Commission in Ghana, but, really, how many East African countries have diplomatic representations here? If not, why not? (Kenya has none in Ghana; Rwanda has a diplomatic representation; Uganda has none at all – never mind, Burundi or Tanzania) .  

In February, Ethiopia tested light rail. Rwanda has bought new planes to fly to Europe. Can it give is lessons on sanitizing our sanitation day? In November 2013, Kenya unveiled a US$13.8bn high-speed train. Is this something we can learn from them? What about Ghanaian businessmen and their ability to take advantage of doing business in Ghana at a time Ghana Tourism Authority are talking about learning from Kenya?

While these are important questions to be asked, one would have hoped we would not be asking them in 2015, when ECOWAS turns 40 and President Mahama is E COWAS Chair.

AIF started in 2014 with a recognition that East Africa is rising. Is Ghana listening?

Join us if you can at 1pm on 31 March, 2015.

Guiding questions
  • What is especially vibrant about the ICT sector in Rwanda Ghanaians can learn from?
  • Kenya has had its fair shares of challenges, but is considered one of the strongest economies in the region. Apart from its strong and reputable journalism, and its world-class tourism, what can Ghana learn from it?
  • Ethiopia now has light-rail; Kenya has high-speed rail. Even Abuja has considered light-rail. What is East Africa doing more seriously than Ghana on infrastructure?
Guests in the studio:
Ø  Arnold Boateng, Author/entrepreneur/youth development advocate
Ø  Azeez Gomda, PRO, Ghana Youth Integrity Initiative
Ø  Chelimo Gertrude, Kenyan national studying in Ghana

On the line:
·        Eunice Marfo, Executive Secretary, Ghana Association of Savings & Loans @13h15

·        Kobby Blay, EbolaWatch @13h30

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