At a ceremony on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at the Tema Harbour, the Chief Executive Officer of Abanga Farms & Food Systems, Mr. Thomas Abanga hailed the partnership as forward-looking with the expectation that the benefits that would accrue to both Ghana and Namibia would be immense and long-term.
He called on Africa’s private sector to step up and propel Africa’s development and not rely solely on their governments to lead Africa’s economic emancipation. He said the problem with Africa’s underdevelopment is not entirely the government’s but also the inability of the private sector to take risks. “It is the private sector that can propel the economic development of Africa…it is time for the private sector to step up,” The partnership, he concluded, will strengthen the agriculture sector of both countries, particularly the livestock sub-sector whose true potential remains untapped in Ghana.
H.E. Madam Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, the High Commissioner of Namibia to Ghana in opening remarks called on African countries to increase inter-trade within the continent, still reeling from the impact of Covid-19 and the current Russia-Ukraine war. She noted that Africans would do well to consume what the continent produces and stop depending on goods and products from outside the continent. She expressed the hope that the partnership between Meatco and Abanga Farms & Food Systems would expand beyond Ghana and Namibia and move into other African markets. She said she was particularly proud of the partnership because it fell in line with the economic diplomacy her President, H.E. Hage Geingob had charged her with when he gave her the commission to Ghana and was also reiterated by his Ghanaian counterpart when she presented her credentials.