Ghana - Burkina Faso "Economic and Commercial Promotion Days" Forum
The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Industrial Development, Trade, Handicrafts and Small and Medium Enterprises of Burkina Faso and the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce held the 4th edition of the "Economic and Commercial Promotion Days" in Accra.
The programme created a unique platform for promoting the economic, commercial and cultural potentials of both countries.
In a brief statement, Mr. Clement Osei-Amoako, President of the Chamber, stated that the event's agenda includes exhibition of products, business-to-business meetings and visits to partnered companies. "Ultimately, this will create a harmonious integration, elevating Ghana's private sector to a competitive level and enabling regional and international economic growth," he added.
He indicated that, as the representative organ of the business community in Ghana, the Chamber was of the strong conviction that the business forum would serve as a unique platform for businessmen and women of the respective countries to interact, share ideas and establish business relationships.
Mr. Osei-Amoako expressed hope that the business forum would further strengthen Ghana and Burkina Faso's strategic trade partnership, bringing economic and social benefits by creating new opportunities for trade, investment, and employment.
Mr Mahamadi Savadogo, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Burkina Faso, called for continuous collaboration and work relentlessly to boost intra-African trade. “That is why we are committed to supporting the organisation of the 4th JPECs in the wake of the previous editions in the Republic of Benin in 2015, Ivory Coast in 2017 and Senegal in 2019,” he added.
He expressed the hope that these events would serve as stepping stones toward dynamic and prosperous joint ventures likely to foster the industrial development of our two countries.
Mr Abdoulaye TALL, the Minister for Industrial Development, Trade, Handicrafts and Small and Medium Enterprises of Burkina Faso, said the forum was an opportunity to strengthen the excellent economic and trade relations with Ghana, as evidenced by trade statistics. “In the sub-regional context marked with security challenges, the JPECs should also help consolidate integration and brotherhood between the two countries,” he said.
Mr Abdoulaye said Burkina Faso was eager to showcase to Ghana not only products made in the country but also the performances of its companies, which were distinguished by their resilience. “We can assure you, investors from Ghana that our country is steadily striving to create an environment conducive to investment,” he said.
The event which was under the theme “Strengthening economic and trade partnership between Burkina Faso and Ghana: which synergies of actions in the current context of the implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA)", had over 500 exhibitors from Ghana and Burkina Faso.