The 2019 edition of the Heritage and Cultural Society Africa (HACSA) Summit has officially been opened at the plush Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra.
The official opening ceremony held on Wednesday August 6th is part of a three-day opening ceremony and has officially been endorsed by the ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’.
Key participants of the first day of its opening were Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Minister of tourism, Madam Samira Yaba Nkrumah, chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), renowned personalities from the diaspora and across Africa, with H.E Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President of Liberia as the keynote speaker.
Founder of HACSA, Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Ghana’s former ambassador to France, Portugal and UNESCO and LA Francophone noted the basic fundamentals upon which HACSA was established, which includes improve the standards of living in Africa.
Being the Year of Return, the honorable minister for Tourism, Madam Barbara Oteng Gyasi welcomed Africans from the diaspora back home and noted that the summit seeks to celebrate tourism and cultural heritage in Africa towards fostering socio-economic development in Ghana.
Keynote speaker, H.E Jewel Howard Taylor in her address applauded the leadership of Ghana towards development and said ” the leadership of Ghana is setting the country up to be a stellar example of what leadership should be and that the Ghanaian government is providing everyone the world the environment to discuss not only our past but our future.”.
The HACSA Summit 2019 will continue with notable speakers across the African continent and will also feature other important activities directed at tourism in Ghana.
About the Heritage and Cultural Society Africa (HACSA) Summit
The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa, HACSA is a volunteer-led, volunteer-run, non-profit, non-partisan non-governmental organisation and social enterprise founded by Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Ghana’s former Ambassador to France, Portugal, UNESCO and La Francophonie. HACSA’s mission is to highlight the importance of heritage and culture for sustainable socio-economic development and improved standards of living in Africa. Their work is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, with greater attention to promoting gender quality, innovation, job creation and economic growth.
HACSA believes that the Continent should take advantage of this rich cultural diversity in its quest for economic development. It should be used to change and improve the standards towards work, interpersonal trust, time, youth and women, creating employment, showcasing excellence and promoting made in Africa goods and services.
This year, the event has brought together Heads of State, opinion leaders, practitioners, academics and participants from Africa and the diaspora to have open and meaningful debates on how to develop the continent. Among the speakers this year, there were highly esteemed men and women, including the Vice-President of Liberia, H.E Jewel Howard Taylor; Ghana’s First Lady, H.E Rebecca Nana Akuffo-Addo; former President of Ghana, H.E John Agyekum Kuffuor, Vice-Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Prof. Arthur Mutambara; Impact Investor & Advisor in Africa, Dana Reed; CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne; DreamOval’s Senior Vice President, Charles Kollo; Mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre de Gaétan Njikam Mouliom; and Morgan Stanley MD, Lisa Opoku.
The Summit focuses on three main topics, Legacy, Communities and Innovation and it will be a unique opportunity to bring people together, create a global valued network of Africans from the Diaspora, African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, young people, large delegations of African Diaspora bankers from Wall Street, investors and those who are interested in reconnecting and see Africa’s potential and opportunities.