On Wednesday and Thursday, February 16-17, 2022, the Ghana-Nigeria Business Council (GNBC) and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) will be hosting ‘2022 CEO Forum’ in Lagos and Abuja respectively in collaboration with the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Ghana Free Zones Authority, Ghana High Commission to Nigeria and Nigeria Ghana Business Council.
The theme for the maiden event is ‘Ghana & Nigeria Stronger Together’, as the event aims to strengthen Ghana and Nigeria’s longstanding relationship, inform businesses of opportunities available in Ghana, and also provide insight into business operation laws to ensure compliance.
“As a council, we have progressively been taking steps to further deepen ties, promote opportunities and drive engagement between businesses in Ghana and Nigeria. It is a great milestone that we have reached by organising the CEO Forum with key government partners and stakeholders, which shows our seriousness as a country in ensuring we continue to build our age-old relationship with Nigeria,” stated Reginald Laryea, Chairman of the Ghana-Nigeria Business Council.
“The 2022 CEO Forum will be engaging 100 CEOs in Lagos on Wednesday, February 16 at Eko Hotel & Suites on Victoria Island and Thursday February 17 at NAF Conference & Suites in Abuja. We are really looking forward to this being one of many trips organised by the council with our partners to really drive home our enthusiasm for further projecting Ghana and Nigeria’s trade,” he further stated.
Each key stakeholder is happy to be partnering with the Ghana-Nigeria Business Council on this event, as they feel it is a laudable and necessary event for Ghana to embark upon. Ghana and Nigeria are the two largest economies in West Africa, and there are many opportunities to be explored within each country.
Beyond investment opportunities, it is equally important for representatives of both countries to understand operating laws and compliance requirements – as each country has its own set of rules of engagement, and as such the upcoming forum will take the opportunity to address such.
In 2016, Ghana and Nigeria saw the highest level of trade relations between the two nations, as trade passed US$1billion. This value of trade became a benchmark of what the two nations can achieve on an annual basis in Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs).
“We would like to thank our sponsors – Ghana Free Zones Authority, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Africa World Airlines (AWA), Media Majique, Alisa Hotels and Nartey Law Firm – for coming onboard with this maiden event; and also congratulate each of them in taking advantage of the opportunities sponsoring this event presents to them. We are fully booked for both Lagos and Abuja, and look forward to a successful event; and equally looking forward to hosting more similar events in the near-future,” stated Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah, Executive Secretary of the Ghana-Nigeria Business Council.
The Ghana-Nigeria Business Council is a not-for-profit, non-partisan business council that has been in existence since 2015 and which seeks to promote trade between Ghana and Nigeria, encourage a smooth transition and provide the necessary support for interested parties to set up trade in Ghana.
We also have a sister-organisation located in Lagos, Nigeria, which is the Nigeria-Ghana Business Council. As a membership organisation, we boast clientele from across SMEs and corporates in both Ghana and Nigeria.