Trade Missions Programs
TRADE MISSIONS 2023 – REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA:
The 7th Conference was under three themes;
Day 1 – Topic: Finance under the theme; Sovereign Economic Vulnerabilities; An Endorsement for a Single Trading Currency for Africa – with ECOWAS as a case study.
Day 2 (First Panel) – Topic: Trade and Healthy Investment under the theme; Actualising Africa’s Industralisation Agenda in the era of the AfCFTA; The Role of Africa’s Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.
Day 2 – (Second Panel) Topic: A Review of the Implementation of the AfCFTA; Towards an African Centered AfCFTA Disputes Settlement Protocol.
After the 7th Conference held in May 26th and 27th, 2023, we embarked on a trade missions to Namibia to attend the 2nd Discover Namibia Intra-African Trade Conference. The mission was also to promote our book on the African Continental Free Trade Area titled; Actualising the African Economic Vision; A Practical Handbook on the AfCFTA. Photos below;
Right after the 4th Conference on Trade & Finance, our next project was to meet up with CEOs, MDs and Management of Top Club 100 Companies in Ghana who are mostly patrons and participants of our conference to present them with a piece of the logo declared at the conference. It may be recalled that the President of Ghana; H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo instructed the Senior Minister of the Republic of Ghana to represent him at the 4th Conference and join the Mayor of Accra and Industry giants to declare Accra the Commercial Capital of Africa by the virtue of Accra playing HOST to the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement. This immediate project is expected to have GITFIC meet with about 100 companies in Ghana and beyond to explain the Role Accra is playing to the Continental Free Trade Area and aide them gain the needed knowledge to take advantage of the vast Business Opportunities it brings.
So far, we have met with the CEO of the largest Steel Company in West Africa; B5 Plus Group, Top Managements of Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana, Executive Secretary and Top Management of Ghana International Trade Commission; a vital ‘’Trade Policing Unit’’ working in conformity with the World Trade Organization to prevent dumping and issues of unfair trading, The Managing Director and some Senior Officers of the National Investment Bank and the CEO and two Top Managers of Japan Motors Auto Ltd; Franchise holders of Nissan, Silver Star and all Japan Automobile in Ghana. We are scheduled to meet with the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, CEO of MTN amongst other Club 100 companies in Ghana.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana International Trade & Finance Conference; Mr. Selasi Koffi Ackom has in the past and present host some very important personalities within the Trade, Trade-Finance, Finance and Diplomatic circles to hold close door discussions in Promoting Trade, Trade-Finance, Logistics and enhance the growth of Industries, SME and Micro Businesses.
Mr. Ackom has also been taken on Executive Tours of several of these industries and this spans from Pharmaceutical, Distilleries, Ghana Commodity Exchange, Zoomlion Waste Management Plants, Ghana Free Zones Authority, CEO of Association of Ghana Industry, CEO of Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Chief Editor of Graphic Communications, Trade & Industry Commissioner of the African Union, The Finance Minister of Ethiopia, The Ghana Stock Exchange, Mexican Ambassador to Ghana, Angolan Deputy Ambassador to Ghana, South African Ambassador to Ghana, Moroccan Ambassador to Ghana, Sierra Leone Ambassador to Ghana, Zambian Ambassador to Ghana, Ethiopian Ambassador to Ghana, The 1st and 2nd Deputy Foreign Affairs Ministers of Ghana, Deputy Trade & Industry Minister of Ghana, The Managing Director and the Deputy Managing Director of Agricultural Development Bank of Ghana, The Director General of Ghana Ports & Harbors Authority, The Director General of the Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Shippers Authority and a several tall list of others.
Our Trade Mission to Mexico in 2019 was partly to also explore Business Opportunities for some Ghanaian companies. We held close door meetings with the Mexican West-African Chamber of Commerce. We meet with the President of the Chamber and his Senior Executives. We talked about close collaborations and a possible signing of an MOU to establish a formal relationship between GITFIC and their Chamber in order to facilitate Business amongst our members.
We also facilitated an important meeting between the Mexican Ministry of Communications incharge of Ports and officials from the Ghana Ports & Harbors Authority. We paid a working visit to the Port of Veracruz and had the opportunity to visit one of the world’s largest Break-Water facilities in Mexico. We were graciously accompanied by an official from Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.
While in Mexico, we closed an agreement with Whitaker Consultancy Firm. This is a large consultancy firm with expertise in Marketing, Business Establishment, Company Legal Services and General Consultation. Our agreement with them was to have them serve any interested company from both countries wanting to do business. They will be advising from the Mexican side while we advise from the Ghanaian and African side. This agreement is very mutual and distinguished.