Mr. Yusupha B. Crookes, World Bank Country-Director, has pledged the Bank’s willingness to partner Upper West Region in the implementation of its Strategic Development Plan.

He said on his arrival in Ghana he interacted with a number of country-directors who not only recommended the Upper West Regional Minister for the well thought-out strategic plan, but also encouraged him to engage him for potential areas of collaboration.

Mr. Crookes said this when he led a team of officials from the World Bank to the region to find out potential areas of collaboration.

He said given the potentials and opportunities in the region, they want to know the medium- and long-term development objectives and strategies, and where the World Bank can be of help to achieve those objectives.

He mentioned commercial agriculture, sustainable rural water development, energy, health and education as well as social protection as some of the areas that the World Bank is ready to support.

Dr. Avea Nsoh, Regional Minister, thanked the World Bank Country Director for finding favour in the work that he and his team are doing to bring development to the region.
He said it is his vision to turn around the current poor status of the region and make it a model one and a point of reference.

Dr. Nsoh mentioned tourism, dry-season irrigation, aquaculture, fruit and cereals production as some of the potential areas that investors could take advantage of, considering the availability of vast arable lands in the region.

He explained that the Regional Strategic Development Plan, which will serve as a guide in coordinating all the development activities in the region, will clearly identify those potentials and challenges and propose areas of collaboration.

This, according to him, will help them to better and more effectively engage the development partners in a holistic development of the economy?s various sectors.



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