By permitting Ghanaians to interact with the world, the nation might obtain the mandatory progress that it wishes, says Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU), Yaw Nyarko.
Contrary to common views that the current exodus of the nation’s educated and expert labour to locations the place pay and situations are higher might have an effect on the financial system negatively, he asserted that it shouldn’t be seen as a brain-drain however slightly a possibility for its residents to interact with the remainder of the world for better advantages.
“Those who are saying we should prevent our nurses and teachers from going abroad are making a mistake. We will not grow unless we engage with the world. We cannot do things by ourselves. Let us encourage people to leave. There is nothing wrong with our skilled people going to other countries for jobs. Too many times I hear words such as brain-drain, we are losing our doctors and nurses – but I do not think that is right,” he argued
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The economist, talking as keynote speaker on the Achimota Speaks occasion – a platform created by the Old Achimotan Association (OAA) to spotlight topical nationwide points held in Accra, supplied a brand new perspective to debate on the exodus of Ghanaians for pastures inexperienced.
This yr’s version was on the subject Ghana a rustic in disaster: Defining a brand new financial path.
Explaining his stance additional, he famous that: “Economic evaluation has proven that if many individuals assume there’s a likelihood for nurses to go away and get some huge cash overseas, the identical notion will compel lots of people to enter the nursing area – and it will result in a counterintuitive scenario the place we nonetheless have quite a lot of them being left behind to work right here. And I guess you, the quantity will even be better than it will have been in the event that they weren’t allowed to go away.
“Let them out and probably you will find out that you have even more nurses in the country. You would not be seeing me standing in front of you here as a professor if I was prevented from leaving,” he additionally stated.
He underscored the nation’s must handle its youth dividend properly, by encouraging them to enter agriculture and tourism to remodel it into an financial hub for West Africa.
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“Let us make our road and harbours systems efficient while creating a conducive environment for businesses to thrive,” he added.