World Trade Centre Accra has ended its week-long trade mission with a business forum in the United Kingdom to boost trade and investment between the two Commonwealth nations.
The business forum was attended by over 60 executives from the Ghanaian and UK public and private sectors with informative presentations, engaging panel discussions and business-to-business meetings.
The forum, which took place in Central London, generated high level dialogue among government and business executives on key topics such as export and project financing, local content requirements, free movement of goods and people as well as opportunities to build the capacities and scalability of the Ghanaian private sector.
It was attended by the UK’s Department of International Trade, UK Export Finance, UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Tullow Oil, National Investment Bank (NIB), SAS Finance Group , Renaizance Holdings, and Misyl Energy among others.
Several companies which participated in the forum held additional meetings to build upon initial discussions that were held during the forum.
The trade mission was led by the Executive Chairman of the WTC, Togbe Afede XIV, Managing Director, Jane Reindorf-Attoh and board members of the World Trade Centres Association (WTCA).
The delegation comprised 17 Ghanaian business executives from various sectors seeking investment and partnership opportunities in the UK.
As part of the mission, the delegation visited the House of Commons and met with some members of parliament including Adam Afriyie of Windsor to seek their assistance to help drive policies that would create an enabling environment to increase trade between Ghana and the UK.
Specific issues discussed included, but not limited to, the length of time and challenges of obtaining a UK visa and the need to increase UK’s participation in Ghana’s finance and banking sector.
The delegation concluded their trip with a visit to the London Stock Exchange (LSE) to gain an overview of the company’s strategy on Africa and held discussions on how the exchange can increase its engagement with the Ghana Stock Exchange.