Ghana among best investment places worldwide


Panelists at a business and investment forum at Manhattan, New York, have concluded that Ghana’s wealth of resources; investment laws which guarantee 100 per cent transfer of profits, dividends, conducive socio-politico-economic environment and Constitutional guarantees make it one of the best places for investments in the world and Africa in particular.

They convinced the large audience made up of the New York business community, United States companies with business interest in Ghana, diaspora investors among others that investing in Ghana would yield better returns since the country’s enviable political climate and tax incentives make it a very good case for investments.

The panelists were Mr. Abdul- Rashid Pelpuo, Minister for Private Sector Development, Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment and Promotions Centre (GIPC), Mr. Jeffrey Krilla, Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs, Kosmos Energy and Ms. Nicole Bivens Collison, President, International Trade and Government Relations, Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg.

Organized by the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations as part of activities to mark Ghana’s 59th independence anniversary, sponsored by Kasapreko, producers of Alomo bitters, Kosmos, Brussels airlines, in collaboration with Face to face Africa, it featured a question and answer session, sampling of Ghanaian cuisine and live band music.

Mr.Pelpuo made the case that investors who come to Ghana must rest assured that their equities would be protected and also grow to appreciable levels as had been the case of the various American and other foreign investors.

Luckily, he noted that the investment climate in Ghana is not crowded. To this end, he invited all those interested in Africa to make Ghana the first point of call since all those with investments in Ghana have never regretted.

The Minister went on to say that there was massive infrastructural development, including the expansion of the railways, modernization and expansion of the harbours and ports, adding that most of these projects were being undertaken under a Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

Mrs. Trebarh made a video presentation on the increasing growth in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ghana. She mentioned that energy, agriculture and agro-processing, oil, financial services, telecommunications, infrastructure for real estate, industrial and commercial purposes were among the important areas for investment. Opportunities also existed in the development process. A lot of apparel producing companies in Ghana were also looking for the right American companies to team up with in business, she said.

Describing Ghana as the gateway to Africa, she explained the procedures for setting up businesses in Ghana, the amount of capital one needed to set up among others. Various efforts by the government, Mrs. Trebarh indicated, had paid off tremendously with Ghana being recognized by the World Bank Doing Business Report 2014 as the “Best Place for Doing Business in the ECOWAS Region”.

Aside getting worldwide attraction and confidence, Mrs. Trebarh spoke about Ghana’s existing huge tourism potential, the unparalled hospitality and invited investors to take advantage of the special attractive incentives in the entertainment and leisure facilities. In this direction, she announced that the Tourism Investment Company had been created to partner with investors so she challenged them to take advantage of the facility.

At her turn, Ms Collison highlighted honest business and transparency as important factors that American companies always considered before investments outside. In addition, she mentioned that protecting brand names was an equally essential ingredient that American investors factored before doing any business.

Luckily, she indicated that Ghana had a lot of advantages, including the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) that allowed Ghanaian companies to do business in America, apart from other existing trade and investment protocols between Ghana and the USA to protect their businesses.

Furthermore, Ms Collison observed that the fact that Ghanaians speak English makes communication very easy and therefore urged investors to always “look for Ghana as a country of interest. It is a gateway to Africa and the area to do business”.

For his part, Mr. Krilla was proud of the successful business environment in Ghana, saying that currently KOSMOS, which is one of the American companies there, had about 200 workers with an operational capital of $3billion. He particularly mentioned the support the company was getting from the government.

Addressing the function, Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Ghana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said on the “economic front, Ghana is steadily emerging from the impact of the global financial crisis, falling commodity prices and energy crisis and has put in place sound policies that will ensure resilience and sustainability”.

Ghana, as well as other African countries, she noted needed capital to finance innovative business ideas in an environment where socio-economic challenges could be turned into benefits.

The Ambassador argued that ‘investing capital directly in people with sensible business innovations and solutions to improve the wealth of developing nations offers win-win opportunities critical to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Source: ISD

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