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Ghana Garden and Flower Show promotes ecotourism

The fourth edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show has opened at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra. The show aims to promote and deepen a gardening and flower culture in Ghana.

This year’s show seeks to highlight how horticulture and floriculture can contribute to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana. The theme is, “Dream It, Discover It, Live It" with a focus on the 5 Ps of the UN Sustainable Development Goals- People, Prosperity, Partnership, Peace and Planet.

In her welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of Stratcomm Africa, Ms. Esther A.N. Cobbah said “the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement remains committed to the pursuit of a greener, healthier, wealthier and more beautiful Ghana”. She expressed gratitude to the numerous sponsors who in diverse ways supported the successful organisation of the show.

Ms. Cobbah announced, “we will crown this year’s exciting activities with the second edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Awards” and urged all lovers of flowers and gardens to come witness the amazing work people are doing in their gardens.

The Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, who chaired the opening ceremony, expressed the commitment of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts to partner with private sector initiatives such as the Garden and Flower Show, “this aptly falls in line with my Ministry’s policy objectives, namely; the Diversification and expansion of the tourism industry for economic development, the intensification of the promotion of sustainable tourism to preserve our historical, cultural and natural heritage“, she noted.

Mrs. Ofosu Agyare revealed that as part of development of the marine drive tourism investment plan, the Ministry has re-zoned the entire parcel of land stretching from Osu Klottey lagoon to the Accra Community Centre for development as a tourism enclave. “This flagship project will accelerate private sector investments in the horticulture and floriculture industry. It is therefore my wish that when this project is rolled out, we will have the needed local capacity to meet all garden and flower requirements,” she stated.

The Malaysian High Commissioner to Ghana H.E Cheong Loon-Lai who opened the fair drew on the similarity between the aim of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and the world acclaimed Malaysian flower show, “it is no different from the aim of our show in Malaysia. It is for this reason that we at the High Commission are pleased to be associated with this show. We are, really going to develop links between the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement and the Horticulture and Floriculture industry back home to facilitate collaboration between Ghana and Malaysia in the spirit of South-South cooperation,” he emphasised.

H.E Cheong Loon-Lai added that “Malaysia understands the importance of celebrating nature and of imbibing the culture of caring for our world into the next generation, and so we are delighted to see that this is what the Garden and Flower Show in Ghana is also about”.

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