The President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, has indicated that Ghana has become an entry point into Africa.
He said in spite of this, business ties between Ghana and Mexico has not been the best as the respective countries have not harnessed the opportunities between each other. The President disclosed this when the Mexican Ambassador to Ghana, Maria De Los Angeles Aguirre and other Mexican government officials called on the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce on 26th January, 2016.
The Mexican Ambassador to Ghana Maria De Los Angeles Aguirre revealed that now that Mexico has an Embassy here in Ghana, it is prudent that the necessary links are created to enhance business among the two nations. She said they are in the Chamber to inform the Chamber of a planned business delegations meeting in Ghana in the next few months and would require the support of the Chamber. The delegation which was accompanied by Mr. Carlos E. Sanchez-Pavon, the Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa of the PROMeXICO United Kingdom disclosed that unlike many other Latin American countries, Mexico export a lot of manufactured goods. He revealed that per minute, Mexico’s trade with US is 1million dollars. Mexico is among the top 10 destination for FDI. He disclosed that Mexico sees Ghana as the best place to start its quest to explore the African market. To show its seriousness with its interest in seeing Ghana as a springboard into doing business with ECOWAS, there are Mexican companies who are ready to establish their manufacturing base in Ghana. The largest corn flower mill and a pastry company are ready to establish their presence in Ghana. He was also of the view that Mexico sees a lot of opportunities in Agribusiness, housing and construction, but asked the Chamber to assist Mexican businesses in getting access to legitimate land for their respective business when they come.
The President of the Chamber said the Chamber is ready to support Mexican businesses interested in the Ghanaian market. Nana Dr. Appiagyei opined that the respective countries do not seem to know what is going on in each other’s market and so called for exchange of information between the Chamber and the Mexican Embassy in Ghana. The barriers that has inhibited businesses from Ghana and Mexico must be addressed so us to spur trade and investment, he added. On the land issue, the President allayed their fears and disclosed that the Chamber is there to provide the requisite support in these areas.
He informed the delegation of Mexico the need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chamber so as to give a formal meaning to the relationship between Ghanaian businesses and their Mexican counterpart.
The Ambassador again disclosed that Mexico will hold an Economic Seminar for African countries next year and would want the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce to be present at that seminar with its members for business purposes.