Africa Business Week : Doing Business In Ghana


Africa Business Week : Doing Business In Ghana

Last week Wednesday during the Africa Business Week two breakout sessions on the subject “ Doing Business in Ghana” were held. These interactive sessions  were headed by Mr Gijs Bakker, 1st Secretary of the Netherlands Embassy in cooperation with GNBCC’s Tjalling Wiarda and Mrs Helen Gyasi of our partner the NABC (Netherlands Africa Business Council). In the 1st session NABC Member Marcel Jacobs. MD of Jacob Lawren  company  (Haulage Services Company and partner of GNBCC Member Mammoet)  and in the 2nd session GNBCC’s Board Member Harm Ploeger , MD of Red Sea Housing in Tema Freezone (provider of modular building solutions) were present to explain about themselves, their operations and setting up as well as doing business in Ghana.

At the start of the session Mr Wiarda explained the online audience about Ghana and its role as hub for the region and the rest of Africa ( the new AfCTA) , the industrialization efforts (1D1F), the stable political climate, the general safety within the country , the economy (cocoa, gold , oil/gas) , the upcoming middle class, the fact that Ghana is now a low middle income country with an yearly growth percentage of 7% (pre Covid) and still 2% during Covid.  More specific advantages for potential investors has been the one –stop shop through the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) and the investments in infrastructure such as the 1st deep sea port in West Africa which was built in Tema. Mr Ploeger also explained more about investing or setting up through the Free Zone Enclave explain what benefits Red Sea obtained through this. Mrs Gyasi was foremost answering questions in the specific field of Agriculture. Both breakout sessions took about 30 minutes in time which included time to answer questions from the many participants (mainly from the Netherlands)

The Africa Business Week  was a RvO – Netherlands Enterprise Agency  and NABC initiative in cooperation in Ghana with the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the GNBCC.



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