GHANA: VALUE ADDITION METHODOLOGIES AND EXPORT DIVERSIFICATION PLATFORMS BY EMMANUEL BOTCHWEY

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While prayers and the recognition of God are critical in the daily lives of Ghanaians, they should know prosperity will not drop from the heavens and transform Ghana. Incidentally this applies to both developed and developing countries. Ghanaians will need to make that happen….which is.. there is the need for a paradigm shift whereby all stakeholders, the formal sector, the informal sector, public and private sector, institutions of higher education, the government all political parties recognize to add higher value to what God had endowed on Ghana in the form of abundant natural resources before their sale on the global market. There is also an urgent need to have export diversification platforms. If these are done correctly jobs will be created from the inherent “multiplier effect” that is associated with value addition methodologies, this will strengthen the local currency the cedi as against foreign currencies, increase the “shelf lives” of processed food as against farming produce, yield more foreign exchange, improve the standard of living of Ghanaians, it will give credence to indigenous technology and open the floodgates for the award of patents to inventors and researchers in Ghana. In addition to this, it will diversify the economy of Ghana.

Diversified economies are capable of withstanding global shocks than economies that are not diversified like Ghana’s. The reason why countries like Japan, China and Germany are rich is simple.. they have added higher value to natural resources before their sale on the International market….that is shifting from low tech goods to high tech goods.

Question….why will a small country which has much less natural resources than Ghana for example LUXEMBOURG in Europe have GDP per capita income standing at $80,200 (2012 established) and is ranked 5th globally while Ghana with all its natural resources is ranked in terms of GDP per capita income 173rd with GDP standing at $3,300 (2012 established)? These rich countries have done what they need to do  economically and strategically by adding higher value to natural resources/services and have successfully embarked on export diversification platforms (CIA World FactBook, 2012). Yes Ghana can do it with a paradigm shift! Of course this transformation has to take place under the atmosphere of  probity, accountability, morality and integrity.

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