“THE IMPORTANCE OFPROTOCOL IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: IMAGE CREATION AND COMMUNICATION”- PART 1

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“THE IMPORTANCE OFPROTOCOL IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: IMAGE CREATION AND COMMUNICATION”- PART 1

For once it may appear that we are being reminded of the adverse of a new dawn, in which protocol has been identified and accepted as an effective weapon to complement the already existing arsenal of ammunition to promote National Development. This may be true and for a good reason must be sustained with more serious engagements and encounters with the support of state bodies and interested groups in the future.

There is another reason which in my view makes this theme captivating but also relevant. For some time now our imaginations and interests have been captured by pronouncements and appeals relying on the unique advantages intrinsic to the  country to create awareness to support National Development. National Development is a goal at the center of the interest of all patriotic Ghanaians, as it seeks among other things, to harness the collective commitment of all to transform the conditions to improve the general well being. With the its focus on image creation may not only provide the appropriate forum, but also the occasion to solicit understanding and support and share ideas on the use of protocol to promote National Development.

-Delivered by Ambassador James Naajie.

WHY THEN IS AFRICA REGARDED AS A “HOPELESS CONTINENT” AND A “POOR COUNTRY.”

Why then is Africa poor?- We need to sit up.

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Africa is known to be rich in resources like gold , bauxite and Manganese . Ghana for instance, has fertile lands for growing a variety of crops which cannot be grown in other parts of the country because of their climate. We even have so much sunlight which could be used to generate solar energy. Why then is Africa regarded as a poor country?

Others might say Africa would surely develop in due time . But when? Dubai for example, was a desert but now has one of the best tourist sites in the world. China was just like Africa but now they are developed. China now invents their own technology. They did not begin on a silver platter but  were determined and focused on improving. China decided that they would eat what they grow rather than importing goods . If Africans could only adopt that attitude, there would be a vast improvement in the economy.

There was a time I attended a program with my sister, and to my optimum surprise I met young intelligent adult males who were exhibiting their creative work.  They had invented a kind of technology I had never seen any young adult invent in Ghana . I was sad because I knew that they would not go far with that kind of talent in Ghana, since no one would support them .  When I arrived home to watch the 7:00pm news I was hoping that these young adults  would be captured by the media so that the nation would notice them but I was wrong.

Then I taught, If It was abroad , the journalists would be present  to capture this news and interview these young adults. They will post it on Facebook and  YouTube for the world to notice them . Knowing that when people see it they would appreciate their work and would want to support and sponsor them . But why not Ghana? Hasn’t anyone seen their creativity? Aren’t they talented enough to be helped? Why then aren’t great inventors in Ghana or Africa in general?

Ghana has copious tourist sites which could be used as revenue for the government and a means of foreign exchange . Some of the tourist sites in Ghana include Shai Hills – Elmina Castle, Boti Falls, Wli Falls,Kakum National Park , Monkey Sanctuary and a lot more. And yet Ghana is seen as a poor country and a hopeless continent . But why? It is because we do not maintain our tourist sites and make it more attractive for foreigners to visit.

Israel for instance has a multiplicity of tourist sites  . They have so many people from all over the world every single day visiting the place . I know people who have visited the place more than ones and they still yearn to visit the place over and over again . Why because they are very organized . They understand exactly what protocol and image creation is all about . Through that they obtain  government revenue which they use to develop their country.

The question is ,can Africa , especially Ghana be noticed as a developed country ? Can the attitude of Ghanaians and Africains in general change for the better? For me, is possible what about you?