The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Shani Cooper-Zubida, has paid a courtesy call on management of the Business and Financial Times to discuss collaborations between the two parties for business growth and development.
According to the Ambassador, Israel is a business and innovation-driven nation and therefore deems it prudent to collaborate with Africa’s leading Business newspaper, The Business and Financial Times, to strengthen and further expand its business operations in Ghana.
Another area of interest she cited is the Women in Business Forum, where women leaders and dignitaries will meet to discuss business ideas and, most importantly, establish business relationships for economic empowerment.
She said: “We are more than 50% of the population and should be seen in the high ranks of corporate heads and directors.”
Madam Cooper-Zubida also noted that Israel has developed interest in doing business with Ghana, whereby the two countries can build a better business and corporate relationship and invest in each other. She further identified some sectors that may be of interest to Ghanaian businesses as well.
“We want to promote business in Ghana. The first sector is agriculture. We brought 17 Israeli companies to Ghana, and they were able to find local partners to do business. Others also had an opportunity with the Ministry of Agriculture, and have built a relationship thereof. The next of these events is in May. We also have academic programmes in Agriculture which involve eleven months of job training for agriculture students in Israel,” she said.
The Ambassador also identified innovation and entrepreneurship as a major source of economic growth for both countries. She said: “Israel is big on innovation and entrepreneurship. A number of start-ups are growing, and Israel has done a big transformation by moving from a developing country to become a developed one. We see the potential in Ghana, so we want government to see the importance of innovation to individuals and the nation”.
She also touched on the importance of cyber security in Ghana. According to her, cybercrimes are increasing and therefore there is a need to protect the space in order to advance the cyber digital economy.
“Israel has developed a lot of solutions to promote cyber security. We signed an MoU with the Ministry of Communication to support Ghana in cyber security,” she cited.
On her part, the Chief Executive Officer of Business and Financial Times, Dr. Edith Dankwa, welcomed the Ambassador – assuring her of the company’s full support for the embassy’s activities in improving the country’s business landscape.
She said: “What excites me most is the innovative structures to come up with good projects that we need to develop the country”.
Dr. Dankwa revealed some of the programmes and events the company hosts to contribute to the business landscape and economic development of the country. These include the Business Times Magazine; the Ghana Economic Forum; Ghana’s Most Respected CEOs Breakfast Series; the Ghana Energy Summit; and the Ghana SME Summit.
She noted that there are plans in store for programmes in the pharmaceutical sector, whereby pharmaceutical companies from Israel can establish business relationships with those in Ghana and vice versa.
“Our priority is to give information for the business community to make informed decisions to build their organisations and the nation at large,” Dr. Dankwa concluded.