CANCHAM CEO’s Connect 2022 Edition
Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce’s had its annual Flagship Event dubbed “CEO’s CONNECT” at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City Accra on the 31st August, 2022.This year’s event was the maiden breakfast edition.
The event brought together very astute Personalities and CEO’s from both private and public institutions and companies.
The event was highly patronized with over 60 companies from all sector of business. It was sponsored by the Chamber and supported by Landsar Developers, Adom City Estates, Nii Plants & Car Rentals
Moderating the event was Mr. Charles Nixon Yeboah (Head of Joy Business News) and Mr. Bogobiri Seidu Abdul Latif (Sales Manager Business & Financial Times) who hosted the Red carpet.
Mrs. Edwina Atta-Sonno who is the Executive Secretary of the Chamber giving the introduction and purpose of the event said the essence of CEO’s Connect was to provide a platform for businesses to interact, share their experiences and learn from each other. It was also to provide an opportunity for businesses to meet with Government and industry players, share strategies and get authentic business information to assist in decision making and enhance business growth in a relaxed atmosphere.
The President of the Chamber Mr. Alexander Samuel Nortey in his opening address said Ghana is one of the most reliable and safest country to do business and that is what we need to sell to Canada.
Our guest of Honour, Mr. Reginald Yofi Grant, CEO of GIPC in his remarks emphasized on the 3 O’s; Opportunity in Ghana that we need to explore, Openness in dealing with people especially investors and Optimism of the people of Ghana.
Representing Her Excellency, the Canadian High Commissioner was the Senior Trade Commissioner, Mr. Andrew Maharaj. He assured participants of his support for commercial relations between Canada and Ghana and stressed the need for a stable investment environment.
Mr. Bonaventure Adjavor, the Director of Economic, Trade & Investment Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MOFARI), represented the Honorable Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway who at the time was on an official assignment. He mentioned that the government of Ghana is taking bold steps to transform the country’s economy and achieve a “Ghana beyond Aid” in the medium to long term. It is expected that these steps will further strengthen Ghana’s investment and trade relations with Canada.
Mr. Albert Kassim Diwura, the Deputy CEO of Ghana Export and Promotion Authority mentioned that GEPA under the CEO has spearheaded the completion of the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS), a 10-year road map designed to build, modernize, and diversify Ghana’s export base to achieve earnings of USD25.3billion by the year 2029.
Honourable Ato Panford (Enterprise Support Specialist, Technical Audit National AFCFTA Coordination Office) urged participants to take advantage of Africa’s largest market and the presence of the AFCFTA headquarters in Ghana to promote trade across the continent.
It was an honour to have Mr. Fredrick Attakumah, Executive Vice President and Country Director of Asante Gold Corporation who was also a former President of the Chamber. He touched on the long-standing relationship between Canada and Ghana which has positively impacted development in both countries. He also mentioned that the mining sector in Ghana had for the past 2 decades received well over $2 billion in investment.
The closing remarks was given by Mrs. Linda Vasnani, COO of Consolidated Shipping Agencies and Vice President of the Chamber. She mentioned that the Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce is one of the most progressive business Chambers in the country with over 100 active members and urged participants who are not members to join.