The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who was the Guest of Honour, acknowledged the significant role of the EU in Ghana’s economic development over the years, especially with regards to creating jobs, and announced that Ghana is ready for business with the EU.
He said with the coming into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement, Ghana expects to have access to EU markets with more diversified portfolio of products. “We want to move beyond agricultural products and oil. We want products from our light manufacturing industries non-traditonal exports, human talents in the shape of outsourced business process services to have access to the EU market”.
His Excellency Dr. Bawumia reiterated the government’s resolve to build a Ghana beyond aid and called for the support of the EU in realizing this goal. He noted that the private sector represents a powerful ally in creating economic value and jobs hence government’s determination to create a business environment that allows the private sector invest, expand and become profitable while creating jobs and opportunities for Ghanaians.
The event was attended by Ministers of state, heads of governmental organizations such as the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana Free Zones Board, Ghana Export Promotion Authority and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority among others.
Ghanaian Business Associations including, Association of Ghana Industries and Private Enterprise Federation, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry were also present at the event.