The Ambassador of Belarus to Nigeria H.E. Mr. Vyacheslar BESKOSTY paid a courtesy call on the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) on Wednesday, 17th February 2016.
The Ambassador who was accompanied by Embassy officials and Belarus business representatives in Ghana and Nigeria was welcomed by the 1st Vice President of the Chamber, Mr. Clement Osei Amoako. The 1st Vice President informed the delegation that the advent of globalisation has made it possible for countries to relate to each other both through trade, investment and human resource development. He indicated that Ghana operates an open economic system which is attested by the existence of some Belarus companies in Ghana.
H.E BESKOSTY for his part indicated that Belarus sees Ghana as a country with a lot of potentials that need to be explored. For this reason Belarus exporters took a decision three years ago to establish their representative office in Ghana and other part of Africa. The visit to the Chamber was to further explore with the captains of industry in Ghana areas that they can collaborate with in order to establish their presence firmly in the Ghanaian market. He revealed that Belarus manufacture products which covers agricultural and industrial sectors. “The economy of Belarus is a manufacturing one and so is interested in sourcing for more manufacturing opportunities in Ghana so as to take advantage of the larger ECOWAS market”, he said.
He called on the Chamber to contact their counterparts in Belarus after presenting a letter of invitation from the Belarus Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the GNCC. He said, this is of essence as plans are far advance to have the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama visit Belarus this year.
On the issue of access to credit to engage in meaningful business with the Belarusian companies, the Ambassador indicated that Belarus companies are prepared to sell their products to their Ghanaian counterparts on credit though in the case of other countries full payment is required. “We want to set up assembly plants here in Ghana and through that help in creating jobs even as we do our business. What we want is equal partnership where we can easily transfer our technology”, he opined.
The Ambassador indicated that political commitment between the two countries is good as the Foreign Minister of the two countries have had extensive talks already. Hon. Ade Coker, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC,) who led the delegation to the Chamber also revealed that talks are ongoing to establish an embassy in Ghana since this has the potential of reducing the hassle businesses will have to go through in their visa acquisition.
Mr. Mark Badu-Aboagye, CEO of the GNCC thanked the delegation and highlighted the need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to guide the ensuing relation between the GNCC and the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce. He promised the Ambassador the GNCC will follow up on the letter received from the Belarus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He was of the view that a Made-in-Ghana solo exhibition will be organised in Belarus to promote Ghanaian products.
For companies who were part of the delegation and are in Ghana and Nigeria, they asked that interested Ghanaian companies are linked to them. The delegation also requested for the list of 5 companies each in cocoa processing and shea butter processing to be forwarded to companies in Belarus for business purposes. Among some of the companies represented include Belarus Tractors Nigeria and Minsk Automobile Plant.