The second day of the World Meets in Ghana Investors’ Forum and Executive Dinner Ball served as a round-table for an interactive dialogue on investment in Ghana, the opportunities available, the policies in place, the trials and the triumphs.
Presentations by sector experts were followed by panel discussions where the business sector giants exchanged practical ideas and compared notes on best and safest ideas on trade and investment opportunities in Ghana and the sub-region.
There were brilliant submissions from participants who were speaking based on years of field experience and practicalities rather than theories and hypothesis written in books.
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta very highly recommended organizers of the event and said the Forum would afford government a priceless opportunity to get the much needed feedback on government’s policies and programmes regarding the country’s business and economic sector.
The Minister expressed excitement that the feedback government was getting was coming from the choicest of experienced industry giants who would say it as it is without mincing words or exaggerating the practical situation on the fields.
Ken Ofori-Atta, after his presentation on the topic, “Providing the Good Economic Governance and Macro-economic Framework to underpin the Take-off of the Ghanaian Economy, engaged participants of the forum in a questions and answers session.
There was also a presentation from Mukesh Thakwani, Chief Executive of B5Plus Limited and DPS International Ghana. He spoke on the subject, Investing in Ghana, the experience of an expatriate company.
Ambassador Professor Tal Edgars gave a presentation on “Ghana as an attractive Investment Destination in Africa. He said Ghana is among the top ten attractive destinations for business and investment, citing Ghana’s peace in a sub-region of instability as key in attracting investors into the state.
Mr. Edward Effah, Chairman of Fidelity Bank of Ghana, in moderating one of the panel discussions was emphatic that the forum would definitely expose Ghana to the rest of the world and also attract the needed investors, thereby helping to improve the economy and create wealth.
Yoofi Grant, Chief Executive of the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) lectured on the topic, “Ghana as an attractive Investment Destination”, and Elsie Awadi, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana spoke gave a presentation that touched on the banking reforms that has led to best international practices and a renewed confidence in the country’s banking sector.
Dr. Francis Ashong-Katai, the Project Coordinator of E ON 3 Group, on his part, said Ghana has reaped several benefits, following the first edition of the World Meets in Ghana Investors’ Forum and Executive Dinner Ball in 2019.
He touted Ghana as a stable country, with high democratic credentials, with sterling capacity globally to attract investors. In addition, he pointed out, the placing of the headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) in Accra adds impetus to Ghana’s credentials.
Dr. Ashong-Katai noted that the E ON 3 Group has a strategic programme to make Ghana the gateway to Africa in the area of business and investments, stressing that his group’s positive plans for the country was on the right course.
The event organizers, The E ON 3 Group express appreciation to some reputable institutions and organisations, whose sponsorship packages, supported to make the maiden edition of the forum in Kumasi a historic and landmark event worth writing home about.
Some of the companies mentioned include the Fidelity Bank, Barclays Bank (now Absa Bank), Access Bank, Bank of Africa, Exim Bank of Ghana, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana Gas Company, Ghana Free Zones Authority, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, B5 Plus Limited, GOIL, Angel Group of Companies, and Omni Diagnosics Limited.