NYU Africa House and the Center for Technology & Economic Development are proud to co-present this special collaborative forum convening local leaders, practitioners, academics and community stakeholders for the launch of the inaugural edition of the Africa Tourism Monitor 2013 Report in Afram Plains of Ghana on January 22nd 2014. The report is a joint publication of New York University-Africa House, the Africa Travel Association (ATA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The event titled Rural Tourism & Greening as Drivers for Economic Transformation: the Leveraging Role of Technology will take the format of a town hall gathering convening a cross section of stakeholders and community leaders in Kumawu, located in the Sekyere Afram Plains District. Part of the decision to launch the report in this region is to draw emphasis on the unique potential for economic empowerment via the tourism sector and also highlight the array of tourism assets in the region such as the Bomfobiri Widlife Sanctuary which is managed by the Ghana Forestry Commission.

Date: Wednesday January 22nd
10:00am – 12:00pm – Forum
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Luncheon Networking Reception
(Complimentary Food and Refreshments Provided)
Location: Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School, Kumawu,
Sekyere Afram Plains District, Ashanti Region



Rural Tourism and Greening as Drivers for Economic Transformation:
The Leveraging role of Technology
Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School, Kumawu
Sekyere Afram Plains District, Ashanti Region

Wednesday January 22, 2014 

10:00am                                         Welcome and invitation of priest for opening prayer-Mr. Nantwi, Principal, Twenboa Kodua Senior High School,

10:05am                                         Opening prayer- Father Abban

10:10am                                         Official opening and Introduction of Prof Nyarko– Mr. Nantwi

10:15 am                                         Acknowledgement of special guests – MC

Hon. Philip Basoah-MP Kumawu (Special guest of honour)

Hon. Samuel Asiamah-DCE (Chairperson)

Hon. Fuseni Donkor (DCE- Sekyere Afram plaines)

The local chiefs (Sanaahene and Samaahene)

Mr. Ekow Sampson- Ghana Tourism Authority-Regional director, Ashanti Region

CTED Advisory Council (Baba Amadu, Yaw Busia, Robert Danso Boakye and Kofi Blankson)

Mr. Charles Abeka Haizel (Regional director for Wildlife division-   Forestry Commission)

Mr. Joseph Binlinla – Manager Bomfobiri Wildfire Santuary

Dr Adu Bredu- Deputy Director, Forestry Research Institute

Mr. Kwadwo  Sarpong

Dr. James London

Mr. Shalom Danso, Forest Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)

Mr. Kofi Yankson- Building and Roads Research Institute (BRRI)

Mr. Nantwi – Headmaster of TKSHS

Teachers of TKSHS

Local Assemblymen

10:20am                                          Order of speech (Introduced by MC)

Prof. Yaw Nyarko, NYU Dept of Economics, Director CTED & Africa House – Special address and launch of the  Africa Tourism Monitor Report 2013

Hon. Philip Basoah-MP-Introduces the DCE and local leaders

Hon. Samuel Asiamah-DCE (Chairperson)

10:35 am                                          Keynote address- Baba Amadu

11:00am                                          Ekow Sampson-Ashanti Regional Director- Ghana Tourism Authority

Charles Abeka Haizel – Regional director, Wildlife Division; Forestery Commission

Joseph Binlinla- Manager, Bomforbiri wildlife sanctuary

11:40am                                           Open Forum & Discussion

12:00pm                                          Networking Reception/Lunch