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Global Issue 15

Savannah Accelerated Development Authority Bridging the poverty gap between the north and south – Ghana’s Sustainable Development Initiative for the Northern Savannah third quarter 2011 global SADA-led dry season irrigation farming has taken off in various Northern Region ecological zones to produce crops for export to the European market. Additional benefi ts are job creation and a curb on rural-urban migration SADA was established in 2010 as an Independent and Autonomous Statutory Corporation to provide a framework for the comprehensive and long-term development of the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ). Situated within several natural resources and economic opportunities, SADA’s mandate is to bridge the development gap between northern Ghana and the rest of the country. The SADA enclave is a competitive economic zone which covers more than half of Ghana’s landmass. SADA’s Vision Creating a Forested, Green and Peaceful society in a stable and dynamic economy, doubling per capita incomes and reducing the incidence of poverty in the Northern Savannah Ecological Zone (NSEZ) to less than 20 per cent within 20 years. Mission To build a bold and strong coordinating institution for accelerated development that is based on ownership and participation by the people of the NSEZ. Strategic objectives: ■ Repositioning the NSEZ as a competitive economic zone in the Savannah/Sahel Region of West Africa. ■ Expand the scope and numbers of private sector fi rms and entrepreneurs investing in value addition in the NSEZ. ■ Empower people in the NSEZ to participate effectively in the ‘new economy’ through human resource and business skills development; micro and small-scale enterprises; and fi scal regulatory incentives. Other interlinked objectives include: ■ Catalyse infrastructure development in a strategic way to link markets and production. ■ Facilitate environmental renewal and regeneration. ■ Co-ordinate a region-wide social protection, livelihood and peacebuilding agenda. ■ Create opportunities for private sector investments in mechanised agriculture for export, electricity, road infrastructure, housing, air, sea and land transport. ■ Strengthen governmental and non-governmental institutions for development. Investment opportunities in the SADA Zone SADA adopts a three-prong approach in programme/ project design to achieve its set objectives: 1. A growth strategy that accelerates the pace of economic development in the NSEZ where investors can play a key part. 2. Concentration of resources in specifi c localities to promote agro/industrial growth poles using privatepublic partnerships. 3. Key human development interventions. Critical areas for SADA to realise its goal include: ■ Opening up areas for increased production through access to food production and processing; market/export and facilitation of private sector investment; and integrated solar and hydroelectricity energy/irrigation. ■ Water and air transport. ■ Production of solar energy; mining and tourism using the private sector. ■ SADA is collaborating with the Free Zones Board in Ghana to create a SADA free zones enclave for industrial and manufacturing activities in the NSEZ. ■ SADA is collaborating with the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre to take advantage of incentives being provided for disadvantaged areas and to give a special dispensation to investors interested in opening companies, factories and other types of investments in the NSEZ. Come and invest in the NSEZ to make profi ts, promote human development and protect the environment. www.sadaghana.org


Global Issue 15
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