Build strong relationships between like-minded companies – CANCHAM members told


To ensure growth in business and taking advantage of better opportunities on the international market, President of the Canada-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Alex Samuel Nortey, has called on members of the chamber to consider fostering relationships with Canadian companies.

According to him, there are many companies in Canada that are ready to partner with other companies but are not getting, hence, the need for members to take advantage of that opportunity to grow their businesses.

“Continue to foster relations between like-minded companies in Canada. There are numerous companies in Canada that are looking for strategic alliances – strategic partnerships, which they are not getting; so that is why we have set up this chamber,” he said this during the CANCHAM CEO’s connect in Accra.

The objective of the chamber, according to the president, is to create an enabling environment in order to try and match companies with similar companies in Canada.

Mr. Nortey advised that companies must consider fostering partnerships in key areas such as information communication technology, agribusiness, mining, and non-traditional exports, indicating that there are numerous non-traditional exports in Ghana that need to be explored.

With about 80 percent of CANCHAM members in the Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector, Mr. Nortey stated that they are poised to grow businesses in Ghana through linking companies of both countries.

“We want to invite them to come and partner with the chamber so that we can find strategic linkages for their businesses and see if we can boost the growth and production by, perhaps, providing them with companies that can provide resources into their business,” he noted.

He took the opportunity to advise traders on the need to add value to the raw products before exporting, an area he believes Ghanaians are not taking advantage of but gives more returns than exporting in a raw state.

Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canada Embassy, Andrew Maharaj, touching on partnerships, indicated the embassy’s readiness to create opportunities between the two countries, stating that Canada is the right choice for collaboration with regards to trade.

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