See below for Top Report’s “Beyond the Return Communication Plan” in cooperation with Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President.
On Tuesday, 1st June 2021, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Inaugrated a national committee to steer the agenda and events of Beyond the Return. The event was held in the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House.
The 15-member committee will be co-chaired by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Dr. Ibrahim Awal and Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta. Other members of the committee are Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako – Atta, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President, Akwasi Awua Ababio, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Edith Penelope Arhin, Regional Commander for the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Representative of the Ghana Tourism Federation, Madam Stella Appenteng and Professor Esi Sutherland Addy, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Yofi Grant, Private sector representative, Kwame Acheampong Boateng, Media Majique’s Reginald Laryea, Rabbi Kohain of the Diaspora Coalition, Mrs. Worwornyo Agyeman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Dominic Afriyie Agyemang of the Ministry of Interior and a representative of the Ghana Tourism Authority to be determined.
Spelling out their mandate at the Inaugration, H.E. Akufo-Addo charged members of the committee to design and implement effective strategies to boost trade, encourage tourism and remove constraints which hinders tourism activities in places in Ghana.
Founded on 7 pillars, ‘Beyond the Return’ ‘A Decade of African Renaissance’ is a 10-year project building on the success of the “Year of Return” to grow Ghana’s tourism industry, showcase its investment potential, and solidify its Diaspora engagement programs.
Canadian-born Jamaican artist Zakisha Brown paid the Director a visit on Wednesday, 7th April 2021. The meeting had her express her profound admiration and appreciation towards Ghana, springing from the Year of Return 2019 which was the catalyst for her coming to Ghana. Zakisha mentioned staying for three months then she fell in love with the country that when she left she made the hit song Went to Ghana, which points to some of her experiences and observations in the country. Zakisha also mentioned she is currently working on her debut album as well as filming the visuals in Ghana. She also mentioned she is into some community service projects which includes workshops for teenagers in schools as well partaking in some beach clean ups as well as farming.
The Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio on the receiving end thanked Zakisha for making it a point to come visit and introduce herself to the office. He also expressed gratitude that Zakisha amongst many had responded to the clarion call put out by Ghana to have the Diaspora come engage and interact with Africa through Ghana. Zakisha’s story is a testament to the success of the Year of Return which has now morphed to become Beyond the Return to help the country consolidate the gains made from the event. This visit, for the Director, was the first of many mutual interactions and engagements with the Office and Zakisha.