By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
The American Chamber of Commerce Ghana, a team made up of business executives from America and Ghana has had a meeting to discuss how they can engage the new government with the purposes of improving the business sector in the country.
The meeting which was the first to be held in 2017 was on the theme: “How businesses can better engage with the new administration.”
The meeting was attended by about 112 business executives, mostly members of the American Chamber of Commerce as well as representatives of the European Business Organization and officials of U.S. Embassy in Accra.
Addressing the participant as the guest speaker, Mr. Kwame Pianim, a Economist and the retired Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New World Renaissance Securities Limited said “there seems to be a genuine call on businesses for collaboration in a well articulated action plan in the 2016 election manifesto of the new government.”
He said “there is the desire to get more people to start new businesses and encourage existing businesses to make new investments, to grow and expand."
Mr. Pianim mentioned that government cannot do away with the private sector, and for that matter engagement with businesses to help improve the country’s economy is very critical.
Mr. Joe Mensah, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana in his opening remarks said that “U.S. businesses where ready to engage with the new government, to improve the business environment and facilitate more U.S. investment in the country to create jobs and contribute to the economic development of Ghana."
The meeting forms part of a series of monthly meetings to be held by the Chamber with support from the U.S. Government’s Trade Africa Initiative.
The Trade Africa is a U.S. Government initiative to strengthen the U.S. relationship with Africa in order to significantly expand U.S.–African private and public sector collaboration to increase trade within Africa.
The American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana is the representative arm of U.S. businesses in the Country and was formally established in 1997 to promote trade and investment between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana.
Its main objective is to contribute to the economic development of the country through the creation of a vibrant private sector.
The Chamber is also affiliated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is the world's largest trade association with over three million members and 117 affiliate chapters around the globe.