AGI to host Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition in September

  • July 4, 2018

Accra, Ghana, July 4, 2018/- The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) will host this year’s Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition from September 18 to 20, 2018, Mr Johnson Opoku-Boateng, Director, Business Development, AGI, announced on Tuesday.

The Director said that the summit would explore the importance of natural resources and adding value addition to create finished products that were needed for direct consumption.

Mr Opoku-Boateng was speaking at a Ghana- India Business forum to explore investment opportunities organised by the AGI in collaboration with the High Commission of India and CMIA in Accra, Ghana.

The programme was on the theme: “Strengthening the Cooperation in Technology Transfer and Business Promotion.”

The Association’s President Dr Yaw Adu-Gyamfi stated that AGI was working with the India Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) to establish an automobile hub in the country.

The hub, according to Dr Adu-Gyamfi, would train people in skills development to manufacture spare parts for domestic use and export.

He said according to the latest Global Competiveness Report, Ghana was ranked 93/140, ahead of all its peers in West Africa when it comes to technological readiness rankings.

“We ought to rethink technology to align with emerging trends in business in order to make progress. Strengthening bilateral trade relations between Ghana and India is one positive approach, we could adopt and this must be policy-driven,” he added.

Mr Kokil Prasad Laxmikant, President of CMIA, said their outfit was looking forward to invest in the country’s one district, one factory policy since they have a complete industrial ecosystem spanning from education, hotels, hospitals, tourism among others.

He said it was their expectation that at the end of the discussion, there would be an end-to-end solution from their members in sectors of mutual interest to address the technology requirement by AGI members.

Mr Edward Asong-Lartey, Director of Investor Services, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, assured the delegation of an enabling environment for investment, adding that, Ghana was the second largest economy in West Africa with market access of over 350 million ECOWAS market.

He said Ghana was opened for doing business, and urged them to explore in areas such as agriculture, manufacturing, education, ICT, health and energy.

Mr Ashong-Lartey assured the delegation of investment incentives such as guarantee against expropriation, custom duty exemption on plant, machinery and equipment.

“There is strong government support for investment and our legal framework is transparent to ensure the success of every investor,” he added.

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