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Maiden US-Ghana Business Forum slated for July in Accra

By: Daily Graphic
•Simon Madjie,  Executive Secretary (AMCHAM)
•Simon Madjie, Executive Secretary (AMCHAM)

The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Ghana and the United States (US) Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the United States Department of Commerce, will hold the first US-Ghana Business Forum on July 5, 2018 in Accra.

On the theme: “Strengthening US-Ghana Commercial Partnerships towards a Ghana Beyond Aid”, the forum is aimed at fostering and deepening the bilateral commercial engagements between the two countries.

The event, according to a release issued in Accra yesterday, will be graced by the US Secretary of Commerce, Mr Wilbur Ross, who is expected to lead a 30-member delegation of US businesses to the forum.

More than 300 participants are expected at the maiden US-Ghana Business Forum and will comprise government officials, influential business leaders, trade and technology experts and stakeholders to discuss trade and investment opportunities between the US, Ghana and the African continent. It will also serve as a platform to explore new business opportunities and address regulatory challenges affecting trade and investment.

The release also noted that: “Speakers will include senior US and Ghanaian officials and leaders from the business community of both countries.”

At the end of the conference, the release stated, “it is expected that US-Ghana commercial relations will be strengthened, focusing on improving the investment climate in both countries. Participants will have the opportunity to network, share their experiences and identify specific investment opportunities for future transactions”.

The US had $1.2 billion in total (two-way) goods trade with Ghana ($832 million in exports) in 2016. This makes the US one of the major trading partners of Ghana and also one of the top sources of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) into Ghana.

Side attraction
As part of the forum, AMCHAM, in collaboration with the GRAPHIC BUSINESS, the leading business and finance newspaper in the country, will publish a special supplementary pull-out on Thursday, July 5, 2018 to coincide with the maiden event which is expected to be a major annual event on the national calendar.

The supplement, which will be in the form of an insert in the Daily Graphic edition of the day, will feature the profiles and business activities of the interested companies.

The Editor of the GRAPHIC BUSINESS, Mr Theophilus Yartey, said as part of the contribution of the paper to the event, participating companies in the supplement would be given a special discount for every advert slot taken.