The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Ghana (CCIFG) has officially launched its fifth anniversary in a cocktail event at the Accra Polo Club.
CCIFG has been creating bonding partnerships for the past 5 years. Addressing guests at the event, President of the Chamber Mr. Celestino Alvarez-Neira expressed his optimism for what the year has to offer, and is satisfied with how far CCIFG has come.
“CCIFG celebrates its 5th anniversary as the biggest European bilateral chamber currently in Ghana,” he said.
Mr. Alvarez-Neira elaborated further, adding: “Within these 5 years, we have supported hundreds of French companies prospecting the Ghanaian market or willing to invest in Ghana. We also ensured that Ghana is on the map for French companies, organising road-shows in France to introduce business opportunities; and as a result, we have seen a growing number of French companies gaining interest in the market”.
Mr. Samuel Jacquin, representing the Embassy of France in Ghana, congratulated the Chamber for its role in boosting the existing bilateral relationship between Ghana and France, which is evident by the Chamber becoming the leading European business chamber in the country. He concluded his address by expressing his optimism on the bilateral ties’ future, which has seen a surge after 56 years of existence in Ghana.
The Managing Director of the Chamber, Mrs. Delphine Adenot-Owusu, went on to acknowledge Mr. Patrick Prado – who is the Founder and Former Board President of the CCIFG. She recollected how she was a witness to the Chamber’s birth during her time as press-officer at the Embassy of France in Ghana. She was happy to also share her joy on the Chamber’s latest achievement – which is having grown to a more than 40 membership.
She mentioned that 2019 will be a year of celebration, reinforcing the business dynamic between France and Ghana as well as organising great events which include a speed-meeting and French week among others. With French investment soaring and over 70 French companies in Ghana today, the influence of their activity has resulted in about 22,000 jobs.
With Ghana being an internationally-open economy – ranking 4th out of 56 on the Africa Attractiveness Index as published by Ernst & Young (2017) – CCIFG supported over 60 French companies in 2018 alone with their business development in Ghana. Annual attendance to events organised adds up to 3,000 people, with 20 events organised yearly.
The launch of the 5th anniversary and celebration of the New Year ended with cutting a cake as everyone toasted to a successful business year at the Chamber. CCIFG will continue to expand with its network and continue to provide a stage for business opportunities and growth. Members in the CCIFG represent various sectors in Corporate Ghana, which is a reflection of the dynamic character integrated into the CCIFG.
Launched in 2014, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Ghana was created to provide a platform for business development in and out of Ghana. Today, CCIFG is part of the CCI France International Network present in 92 countries worldwide. The Chamber constitutes an association of companies and professionals belonging to different sectors, and works closely with its main partners – CCI France International and Business France – in order to support, foster and enhance bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies.
CCIFG supports its diverse membership platform, which has over 20 business sectors, by playing the role of a business support system through the provision of information through market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and trade shows.
The CCI@5 activities throughout the year will demonstrate the core of CCI, which is reflected in the theme ‘5 years of creating bonding partnerships’. CCIFG continues to collaborate with its partners and is expanding its reach by partnering with other European chambers to expand business development and create opportunities.
CCIFG Members and staff at the anniversary launch