The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), in collaboration with the Qingdao Cross-border E-commerce Association, has organised an industrial and corporate matchmaking conference in Qingdao, China.
The event was hosted by Qingdao Cross-border E-commerce Comprehensive Experimental Zone Service Centre and Qingdao Cross-border E-commerce Association, and included a factory visit to major companies in Qingdao.
More than 20 representatives from Ghana and over 100 from the Chinese side participated in the conference and matchmaking meeting.
The executive leaders and guests who participated in the event from both sides include Wang Dakun, Director of Qingdao Cross-border E-Commerce Comprehensive Experimental Zone Service Centre;, Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi, President of AGI: Dr. James Asare Adjei, immediate past President of AGI; Humphrey Ayim-Darke, Vice President of AGI in charge of SMEs; Teng Zhanjiang, Executive Chairman; Shi Ligang, Executive Vice President; and Miss Su Jing, Secretary General; and members of Qingdao Cross-border E-Commerce Association, as well as Liu Xiao Meng, General Manager of Qingdao Haichuang Asset Management Co. Ltd.
Director Wang, while opening the conference, said China and Africa have always been important trade partners to each other, and that the China-Africa Cooperation Forum had pushed trade between the two sides to a new level.
“With this important conference and matchmaking meeting, we hope that Qingdao enterprises will scan the plethora of behemoth opportunities to enter Africa, and my friends coming all the way from Ghana will also explore the industrial environment of Qingdao to tap into the connections.
“I take this opportunity to admonish Qingdao Cross-border E-commerce Association to continue playing the role of bridges and ties to contribute in the economic development of Qingdao and rest of the world,” he added.
Yan Zhengqi, President of the Qingdao Cross-border E-Commerce Association, said China’s financing, investment and engineering contracting projects in Ghana are incomparable.
“Under the framework of the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, China and Africa have accelerated all-round cooperation and written a wonderful story of the cooperation between the Chinese and African people. Our relationship with the Association of Ghana Industries has just begun, and has started on a good note from what we have just seen; and we believe our cooperation will flourish and succeed.”
On his part, Dr. Adu Gyamfi thanked the Qingdao Cross-border E-Commerce Test Service Centre and the Qingdao Cross-border E-Commerce Association for their hospitality and support for the programme. He continued that Qingdao has been a great partner to Ghana, and that the biggest Chinese construction firm in Ghana is from Qingdao.
“We have come to a crossroad, where opportunities surround the continent; but we lack the technology and industrial acumen to turn these opportunities into advantages,” he said – urging his Chinese counterparts to partner Ghanaian businesses in order to create sustainable growth.
He added that China has matured economically, industrially and technologically in development, and is looking for markets to explore: “It is for this reason that I think the two countries can connect to create wealth for mutual benefit”.
He said Ghana is well-positioned within the West African sub-region, with political stability, a good and friendly business environment, accelerated economic growth and peace. And that “by setting up in the country, you are reaching a population of 350-million; let’s explore this and take advantage of Africa’s richness”.
Dr. Adu Gyamfi went on to present gifts to the Qingdao Cross-border E-Commerce Association, in a gesture to the climax the event.