GNBCC welcomes private sector oriented approach of Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
  • June 15, 2017
  • Ghana Insights
  • Portside News

GNBCC welcomes private sector oriented approach of Vice President of the Republic of Ghana

On the 29th of May, the board of the Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council (GNBCC) has paid a visit to His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana and Head of the Economic Management Team under the government of President Nana Akufo Addo. The GNBCC signalled his readiness to partner with the government in implementing a pro-business reform agenda.  

The Netherlands is currently Ghana’s fifth largest export destination, third largest import partner and among its biggest investment partners. GNBCC expressed its hope that the Vice President’s private sector oriented approach would lead to strong private sector engagements between The Netherlands and Ghana. A trade mission GNBCC had facilitated earlier this month, had once again demonstrated the vast opportunities for further trade and investments between the two countries.

Amongst the represent GNBCC members was Portside Group’s Director Bas de Vaal. Shipping company Portside is committed to strengthen the commercial relationship between Dutch and Ghanaian companies. As a local specialist, Portside monitors Ghana’s dynamic market opportunities. By doing so, Portside has complete overview of all factors influencing the current market and is able to advice its Dutch clients and partners on how to anticipate to it.

Business enabling environment
In order to fully seize this potential, a conducive business enabling environment is key. Therefore, the Vice President shared some of the measures during the visit about how the government is already taking to this effect. Being granted the opportunity, GNBCC also shared some concrete examples of challenges perceived by its members. Issues raised were the facilitation of the production of energy from waste, the risks of counterfeit and smuggling to Ghana’s textile industry and challenges related to the ports, such as the costs of clearing goods and the relatively long processing times in Tema.

The GNBCC thanked the Vice President for the gracious audience. For the future, the Vice President expressed his interest to continue the dialogue with the GNBCC on a more regular basis.

More information
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