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‘Year of Return’ campaign, Ghana

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana arriving at the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana arriving at the South Africa-Ghana Business Forum.

Ghana will roll out a $3 billion bond for black people in the diaspora, particularly its citizens before the end of 2020, the country’s finance minister has said. Ken Ofori-Atta told reporters his country was looking to offer rates better than what bond buyers earn in other markets such as the United States. Details for the proposal is still being discussed with the country’s central bank. But the drive is intended to raise money for infrastructure, tourism and agricultural development in Ghana.

Ghana is the world’s largest producer of gold and the second-biggest grower of cocoa. Ahead of elections in 2020, the government is looking to finance some projects and boost the economy.

He has thus called on Africans in the diaspora to help make the continent an investment haven. President Akufo-Addo said: “The time has come to engage Africans in the diaspora and all persons of African descent more positively in areas such as trade and investment co-operation, and skills and knowledge development.”

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the destiny of all black people no matter where they are in the world is “bound up with Africa.” He’s thus calling on Africans in the diaspora to help make the continent an investment haven. “Let us all remember that the destiny of all black people no matter where they are in the world is bound up with Africa.

“We must help make Africa the place for investment, progress, and prosperity and not from where our youth flee in the hope of accessing the mirage of a better life in Europe or the Americas,” state-owned Daily Graphic quoted the Ghanaian leader as saying.

Zimbabwean building driverless cars in the UK

Pasi William Sachiti is a Zimbabwean serial entrepreneur, who is building driverless cars in the UK, using a combination of advanced robotics and driver-less vehicle technology.

His UK startup, Academy of Robotics has been working on “Kar-go”, a driverless car to solve the last-mile delivery problem.

The vehicle has been developed in collaboration with the UK’s vehicle licensing authority, the DVLA, to travel on the roads at up to about 96 Km/h.

During his trip to the UK, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, S. B. Moyo together with Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the UK inspected the Kar-go vehicle at an exclusive reception hosted at the Westbury Mayfair hotel.

Sachiti shared his vision to make Kar-go technology available around the world at the event which was organised by Conrad Mwanza and the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards team.

According to Sachiti, he used Zimbabwe roads to train the car’s AI. “There are some great delivery robots out there, but most of them are designed to run on neat pavements or sidewalks of grid-like cities. We want Kar-go to be universally applicable, so we have trained our technology in a number of different environments and of course, for me, Zimbabwe was a natural choice,” he said.

Kar-go has a software stack that allows it to navigate on unmarked country roads and even without GPS. “It works in conjunction with an app, where recipients can track their delivery and meet the vehicle just like meeting a pre-booked taxi. Recipients will then use the app to open the hatch to release their specific parcel. Inside the vehicle, a patented package management system will sort and re-shuffle packages on the move”. Kar-go is powered by Telsa batteries and can drive at 60mph and cover around 193km before it needs re-charging. According to TechZim, Kar-go uses advanced evolutionary artificial neural networks to train the vehicle in a way that mimics aspects of nature and biology, helping it to learn from events in the past and apply this knowledge to new situations it faces. It adopts a revolutionary terrain-training approach.

In 2010, Sachiti was nominated for HSBC Start-up stars for his company and innovation ‘Clever Bins’. In 2013, he won the Zim Achievers Awards in Business Innovation also for ‘Clever Bins’.


The 'Year of Return' programme

Ghana’s 'Year of Return' programme saw hundreds of African Americans visit the country to experience the history, culture and tradition upfront.

It was an initiative by the government of Ghana to mark 400 years since the first black slaves landed in Jamestown, Virginia.

Ghana’s economy generated a total of $1.9 billion through activities related to the 'Year of Return', according to Tourism Minister Barbara Oteng-Gyasi. She said: “There has been tremendous community involvement which has stimulated the local economy including hoteliers, tour operating and other related businesses.”

According to data from ‘The Year of Return’ Secretariat in the first nine months of 2019, there have been 80,862 more arrivals from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and other key target nations than the figure recorded the previous year.

'The Year of Return,' said Oteng-Gyasi “…cemented Ghana’s pan-African legacy and had put a global spotlight on the country and helped to position it as a historic, cultural and vibrant hub and had as well changed the narrative of what was reported about Ghana and the rest of Africa in general.”

President Akufo-Addo recently granted citizenship to 126 diasporans who have been residing in the West African nation for several years as part of the yearlong celebrations.


Pasi William Sachiti

Prior to these amazing cars, Sachiti has built quite a number of companies that have been acquired by others. He built “MyCityVenue”, an A.I. driven experiences platform serving 1.6 million users which was acquired in 2015 by Secret Escapes.

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moving to the UK at 16, Sachiti started out as an entrepreneur when he was only 19. His first start-up at 19, was called “123-registration”, a domain registration business which was acquired for an undisclosed amount.

Before building “MyCityVenue”, Sachiti was on the BBC Investment programme Dragons Den, where he pitched a start-up, “Clever Bins” – a solar-powered digital outdoor advertising bins. The company he pitched traded for three years and subsequently licensed its technology to six countries and local governments before closing in 2013.

Sachiti, who studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Aberystwyth, is now the founder and CEO at Academy of Robotics. His autonomous vehicle was launched in 2019 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

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