Speech

February 15, 2012

As Prepared by

Accra Airport, Ghana

Remarks by MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes at the Commissioning of Perishable Cargo Center

Thank you for your warm welcome, and thank you also for welcoming MCC Board member Alan Patricof, who is traveling with me.
 

For the past two days, I have had the great pleasure of seeing firsthand the successes resulting from the partnership between Ghana and the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation. To mark the completion of Ghana’s 547 million dollar MCC compact, I’ve commissioned a public packhouse, a school, a ferry on Lake Volta, and a refurbished floating dock. And, now I’m excited to join you to open this perishable cargo center here at the airport.
 

Ghana’s compact invests in economic growth by investing in Ghanaian farmers. Our program is an integrated set of investments to deliver maximum impact. The compact trained farmers in commercial agriculture techniques and business practices. It expanded irrigation. It equipped the farmers with the post-harvest infrastructure, roads and ferry services they need to get their products to market. It improved the communities where farmers and their families live by providing better schools, reliable electricity, water and sanitation, and automated rural banks.

This cargo center is part of this package of successes. Here, Ghanaian exports of fruits and vegetables will retain their quality and freshness. With a center like this, Ghanaian farmers are able to compete. I challenge you to keep this place up and running. Sustainability is the best way to reduce poverty and promote economic growth.
 

The American people congratulate you on the successful completion of your compact and the launch of this perishable cargo center.  Now, the world can taste the delicious fruits and vegetables grown in Ghana with every assurance of quality and freshness.
 

Thank you!