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Rural Tourism & Greening as Drivers for Economic Transformation: The Leveraging Role of Technology

NYU Africa House and the Center for Technology & Economic Development are proud to have co-presented 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 the Afram Plains District 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” took 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 Wildlife Sanctuary which is managed by the Ghana Forestry Commission.

Date: Wednesday, January 22nd


10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Forum

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Luncheon Networking Reception

(Complimentary Food and Refreshments Provided)

Location: Tweneboa Kodua Senior High School, Kumawu,

Sekyere Afram Plains District, Ashanti Region


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

10:05 am                                         Opening prayer – Father Abban

10:10 am                                         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 plains), 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 Sanctuary, 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

10:20 am                                          Order of speeches (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

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

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

Joseph Binlinla – Manager, Bomforbiri Wildlife Sanctuary

11:40 am                                           Open Forum & Discussion

12:00 pm                                          Networking Reception/Lunch

Later Event: February 25
CTED 2014 Annual Meeting