International Business Meeting & Networking Cocktail with the Finance Minister of the Republic of Ghana

21.03.18

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG), Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) and the Ghanaian - German Economic Association (GGEA) organised a maiden edition of an International Business Meeting featuring eighty (80) top European and Ghanaian business representatives in Ghana.

The Special Guest of Honour for the business meeting was Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana. This high-profile business meeting took place on Friday, March 09, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Omanye Conference Hall of the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra. The business meeting, which was set up in a manner to stimulate a cordial and cozy ambience for a successful dialogue amongst the representatives of the high profile International businesses was later followed by a networking cocktail event at the same venue. All businesses present had the opportunity to share their concerns on the state of Ghana’s economy and its effect on the performance of their businesses, amongst others.

This business meeting, moderated by the country director of KAS, Mr. Burkhardt Hellemann, was well attended not only by the leaders of the International Business Community, but also by representatives of the German, French and Dutch Embassies in Ghana. The meeting began with short welcome addresses by the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Accra, Mr. Hans-Helge Sander, the French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Francois Pujolas and the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Ronald Strikker.

The Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta gave an opening statement on a broad overview of the various of sectors of Ghana’s Economy and with key highlights on challenges and opportunities for investors in Ghana. There was followed by a moderated discussion with Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Maximilian Butek of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana, Ms. Delphine Adenot-Owusu of the Ghana France Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and Mr. Tjalling Wiarda of the Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council.

These representatives of the participating business chamber network in Ghana outlined the concerns of their members, with the most emphasized concerns being the Local content policy recently introduced by the Government of Ghana and the GIPC law for investors in Ghana. Some of the businesses represented at the meeting include Continental Tires Limited, Premium Bank Ghana Limited, Evonik Industries AG, Kimathi and Partners, Labadi Beach Hotel, DHL Global Forwarding and Total Ghana Limited.