As part of preparations towards the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit scheduled to be held in Accra, Ghana from 5th to 8th July, 2017, a cross-section of Ghanaian Professionals in South Africa held a preliminary forum on 24th June, 2017, to consolidate views and expert opinions on various sectors of the Ghanaian economy, and its translation and contribution towards a development agenda at the upcoming Diaspora Homecoming Summit.
The roadshow, which was dubbed “Diaspora Conference”, and held at the premises of the Summat Training Institute in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, attracted a seasoned crowd of Ghanaian professionals including Engineers, Medical Doctors, Financial consultants, Policy Analysts and IT Experts.
Thought-provoking presentations were delivered on Financial Services, Water Sanitation Environment, Mining Energy Oil & Gas, Tourism & Hospitality, Governance, and Health & Pharmacy, interlaced with vibrant discussions on issues at stake.
A comprehensive report on the dialogue at the Diaspora Conference is expected to form part of the Ghanaian Diaspora in South Africa’s delivery at the July Homecoming Summit.
The Ag. High Commissioner Mrs. Florence Akonor, and the Officer responsible for Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Elizabeth Dodoo were present at the Diaspora Conference to support the laudable initiative by the Ghanaian Professionals in South Africa.
The Ghana High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, participated in the 2017 South African International Trade Fair (SAITEX) organised by DMG Exhibitions Management Services (Pty) Ltd. at the Gallager Convention Centre, Midrand from 25th to 27th June, 2017. SAITEX is one of the largest International Trade Fairs organised in South Africa every year, which offers a platform for business entrepreneurs and investors to make contacts and network.
The 2017 SAITEX attracted about 600 participants from over 20 countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, Mauritius, Brazil, Swaziland, Turkey, China, Indonesia, India, United Kingdom and Taiwan.
The Ghana High Commission took advantage of the opportunities that the platform offered to showcase made-in-Ghana products including the following:
- Ghanaian textiles and garments
- Cocoa products - cocoa powder, Niche chocolate, Golden Tree Chocolate
- Black soap
- Moringa products - moringa tea
- Peanut Butter
- M&G Pharmaceuticals Ltd products e.g. cough syrup
- Sheabutter products - shea butter soap, shea butter body cream
- Kasapreko alcoholic products- e.g Alomo bitters
- GIHOC alcoholic products- e.g. Takai, Herb Afrik
Guests at the Ghana High Commission stand were also taken through the attractive and financially viable investment opportunities in Ghana in some key sectors of the Ghanaian economy, including:
- Agriculture and agro-processing
- Energy (Hydro, Wind, Renewable)
- Real Estate Development (Residential, Commercial)
The High Commission’s participation at the three-day Trade Fair was very successful and generated awareness of the major possibilities and business potential of Ghana. This in turn aroused the interest of many business people and investors who expressed interest in doing business in Ghana, and requested follow-up meetings with the Trade Section of the Ghana High Commission.
Ghana is indeed the Gateway to West Africa, and we invite potential investors and business partners to contact the High Commission on telephone no. 012-3422589/90/94 to explore opportunities offered by the various sectors of the Ghanaian economy.