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In September 2018 President Nana Akufo-Addo declared 2019 the Year of Return, in acknowledgement of the 400-year anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in Jamestown, Virginia. The campaign aims to encourage tourism while also reconnecting members of the African diaspora with the continent, creating a tradition of homecoming for...


Ghana’s tourism sector is playing an increasingly important role in the country’s development, contributing to both economic growth and job creation. The results of the World Economic Forum’s “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019” indicate that Ghana has significant opportunity to build competitiveness through its history, culture...


Urbanisation is a mega-trend redefining contemporary life in both developed and emerging markets across the world. This mass rural-to-urban movement of people and expansion of cities to absorb formerly isolated villages is a relatively recent phenomenon, at least in the developing world.


How can Ghana increase its use of domestically sourced construction inputs?


Ghana is following a continent-wide trend of a booming population moving towards cities. The World Bank estimated Ghana’s population at 29.8m in 2018, up from 19.3m in 2010. Meanwhile, the proportion of those living in urban areas rose from 43.9% in 2000 to 55.3% in 2017, according to the African Development Bank.


From 206 BCE to 220 CE, China’s Han dynasty fostered a booming trade industry for silk, a precious commodity in high demand among the elites of the Mediterranean. The Silk Road was the name given to the network of trade routes connecting the East and West at the time. Later, spices and other precious cargo would be traded using the system,...

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