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Business News of Thursday, 21 November 2002

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Ghana to host Investment conference

Ghana is to play host to a three-day international investment conference to highlight investment opportunities in both the public and private sectors of the country and to promote interaction between potential joint venture partners.

The conference, which will run between 27 and 29 November, also seeks to create the necessary environment for dialogue between government representatives at the highest level and the private sector as well as local and international business leaders and potential investors.

It is being organised by the Government in collaboration with the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) on the theme: "Positioning Ghana as the Business and Commercial Hub of West Africa - Developing the Private Public Partnership."

Delegates from the United Kingdom, the broader Commonwealth, the European Union, United States of America and the International Business Community, among others, will discuss issues bordering on the private public partnership in areas of energy, transport and infrastructure.

Other topics lined up include Ghana's competitiveness in the Region, financial services and capital market opportunities, information and communication technology as well as small and medium enterprises and agro-industry development for international business.

Mrs Ruth Nyarkotey, Chairperson of the National Planning Committee for the Conference told a press conference in Accra on Wednesday that besides the main agenda there would be matchmaking meetings between potential investors and their Ghanaian partners to ensure that the delegates receive the maximum value for their money.

She said the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) would also aggressively market business plans and feasibility studies it has received from Ghanaian companies interested in joint ventures.

Mrs Nyarkotey, who is also the Deputy Chief Executive of GIPC, said emphasis would also be placed on how to develop intra-trade among the countries in the sub-region, adding that most Francophone countries had expressed interest in the conference.

She thanked several international and local organisations, which continued to offer sponsorship packages for the successful organisation of the conference.

The Commonwealth Business Council was established to act as a bridge for co-operation between business and government to promote policies that enhance trade and investment within the commonwealth serving 1.6 billion people in 54 countries.