The Italian Business Community in Ghana is to launch an Italian Business Association in Accra to create a platform for cultural, economic and trading opportunities between Italy and Ghana.
The Association which will be inaugurated next week Wednesday will facilitate investment, trade promotion and exchange of programmes to boost economic activities between the two countries.
The Vice President of the Italian Business Association of Ghana, Nii Amaa Ollennu, who disclosed this to Radio Ghana said the event would also be used to outdoor the Association’s Constitution.
He said the Association which was registered and incorporated in June last year will be organizing seminars on specific sectors of the economy to build capacity of members to enable them advance in their various business endeavours.
Mr. Ollennu stated that the group will offer Advisory services to Ghanaian companies and undertake various projects and activities as part of its social responsibilities to Ghanaians.
He explained that the Association will collaborate with other Associations and Chambers of Commerce in order to become a strong voice for the business community in dealing with government institutions and other bodies to enhance the business sector. With over 118 Italian companies working in Ghana, Italy is ranked the 10th in terms of foreign projects registered in Ghana as at March this year.
Ghana’s export to Italy, reached almost 2.2 billion Ghana Cedis in 2012, while imports from Italy amounted to 500 million Ghana Cedis.
Majority of Ghana’s exports to Italy were petroleum products.