The country of Ghana is one of the most reliable economies on the African continent. While it has struggled politically and economically like many African countries, it has emerged as a legitimate democracy and a stable economy. These qualities along with the rich history, natural beauty, and interesting culture of the country make it a desirable place to call home.
While Ghana’s economy still suffers some problems, it remains quite reliable with 50 percent of the gross domestic product being subsistence agriculture. This area of the economy employs around 85 percent of the country’s working population. Ghana is rich in natural resources and relies on their exportation for a sizeable percentage of their GDP. With this kind of economy, a foreigner looking to relocate to Ghana should look into the expanding tourist industry. The beaches in the south and the numerous national parks make Ghana a very attractive place to both visit and live, and working in this service industry is the best place for a settling foreigner to find a job.
In order to live and work in Ghana a person must apply for residency. There are three types of residency, investors, non-governmental organizations, and students. Ghana’s government has a number of special circumstances set up for those looking to invest because they want to encourage international companies to put their money into the country. Make sure to choose the category that fits your needs and then proceed with the necessary and tedious paperwork. Earning a wage in Ghana is also very attractive since the government started a currency re-domination movement in 2007 so that the one of the new Ghanian cedi exchanges for .75 U.S..
The hassle of bureaucracy is well worth it though because as a resident of Ghana you have all the time you need to make your way to all the wonderful sites of the country. The national parks showcase beautifully preserved landscape and hundreds of species of mammals, birds, and plants. Seeing the different parts of Ghana means being able to see elephants, lions, and leopards in one region and canoeing around the stilted houses of another region. Expatriate communities can be found in Ghana if a person begins to feel isolated from the country around them, but trying to truly immerse one’s self into Ghanian life is desirable. While English is Ghana’s official language, the variety of cultures and languages that exist throughout the country ensure constant learning and exploration for the foreign settler.