A prominent Ghanaian lawyer and diplomat who has been President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission since 2010, James Victor Gbeho says economic growth has moved from wooing investors into the country to finding lucrative markets for Ghana's businesses.

Speaking at the opening of a five days economic relations capacity building workshop for officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Nyansapo College in Accra, Ambassador Gbeho said the trends in economic relations have changed with countries approaching the negotiation tables armed with plans and strategies to secure competitive market positions for their economies.

He charged the ministry of foreign affairs to make economic relations its priority in order to leverage on economic development.

Spearheaded by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the five days training for officers of the Trade, Investment and Economic Diplomacy Bureau of the ministry will be exposed to the current trends in economics at the international level.

Ambassador Gbeho noted that economic relations among nations have changed with nations approaching the business arena with the intention to take control in the interest of their people.

It is in this regard that Ghana must change gear and drive her economic relations towards maximum gains

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammed Habib Tidjani, described the training as appreciate reiterating the ministry's resolve to equip officers for economic development.

Vice Rector, Ambassador Nana Bema Kumi said equipping foreign service officers is Paramount since officers most even have no knowledge of what happens on the international scale.