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Fancy working in Ghana? Here’s your chance

A presentation in Hamilton tonight will outline potential career opportunities for Bermudians in Ghana.

The free event, from 6pm to 8pm at the Bermuda Industrial Union, will showcase the abundant possibilities in the West African nation for enterprising and adventurous individuals.

Among the topics discussed in the BIU's Dr Gordon Memorial Hall will be how to establish a business, the most accessible jobs and potential industries to explore, such as construction, agriculture and tourism. Three Bermudians who have interests in Ghana will share their experiences, including farmer Ras Selassie, while Ghanaian native Nana Otu Turkson will also offer his thoughts.

Questions and comments will be welcomed after the presentation on the coastal nation, which is predominantly Christian and has a population of 27 million.

“This is more about people being innovative and investing, rather than finding direct employment,” said Mr Turkson, who is the assistant to Dr Leonard Teye-Botchway, Ghana's Honorary Consul-General in Bermuda.

Mr Turkson added that his country's Government was “very open” to foreign businesses offering their services, especially when they filled an existing gap in the economy.

“It is so easy to get into Ghana, establish yourself and get an income. You can set up in anything with as little as $10,000, and there are very few protected sectors,” he said.

“There are things that Africa lacks, and it can be as simple as teaching people how to swim. Nobody in Ghana swims, so somebody could go there and set up lessons.”

Ghana's sturdy democracy and its “warm and welcoming” people might also entice those looking for a new challenge, Mr Turkson suggested.

“It takes a particular mindset to live away from your country. You should be prepared to live among the people, perhaps even visit a couple of times before you take the final leap,” he said.

Nana Otu Turkson

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Published August 20, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 20, 2016 at 2:04 am)

Fancy working in Ghana? Here’s your chance

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