GIPC leads private sector business delegation to Netherlands

The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) is leading a private sector business delegation on an investment promotion mission to the Netherlands, scheduled to take place from 4th to 9th March 2019.

The mission is jointly organised with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana, with assistance from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) and supported by the Ghana Embassy in the Netherlands.

The mission’s objective is to showcase investment opportunities in Ghana, and pursue opportunities for bilateral trade and investments in the areas of agriculture and agro-processing, waste-management, ports and logistics; and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).

It also intends to promote collaboration between companies of the two countries, and assist them to identify opportunities for strategic partnerships as well as promote Dutch technology, equipment and knowledge, and Improve trade relations between both countries.

The 4-day programme will include an Investment seminar, B2B event, relevant company/site visits, and a Ghana Diaspora Investment Seminar. The programme will be arranged with assistance from the NABC.

The NABC, established in 1946, promotes commerce in Africa by providing Dutch companies with the tools they need to succeed in the various regions and markets across the continent.

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The Council has over the last few years hosted more than 60 trade missions in Africa and over 50 in the Netherlands. These missions are carried out to facilitate the exchange of both tangible and non-tangible assets between regional entrepreneurs.

They allow both African and Dutch businesses to become familiar with the practices, strategies and technologies used in their respective regions, and often usher in fruitful business relationships.

The RVO is a government agency that operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Its activities are commissioned by the various ministries and the European Union.

The agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international

business. It also aims to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs, strengthen their position and help them realise their international ambitions with funding, networking, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.

This high-level mission will send a strong message to the Dutch business community in the Netherlands, and strategically position Ghana in the Netherlands as an interesting trade and investment destination within the region.

The timing of this event is carefully selected to coincide with the West African Investment Seminar, which will take place in the afternoon of the GIPC event.

The Netherlands has been among the top-10 foreign direct investors (FDI) in Ghana for 24 consecutive years. The GIPC has so far registered 210 projects from Netherlands from September 1994 to September 2018 – with an estimated project value of US$5,329,211,710.48.

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The projects are spread in the sectors of agriculture, building and construction, export trading, general trading, liaison, manufacturing, services and tourism.

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