The Cairo-based Egyptian African Businessmen Association (EABA) has held “Ghana Economic Business Day” bringing together virtually leading business personalities in Egypt, Ghana and other African countries to discuss trade and investment opportunities for the commercial city of Africa.
The business conference formally kicked off with the opening remarks by Dr. Yousrey El-Sharkawi, EABA’s Chairman who pointed out EABA’s missions prominent among which was to promote trade and investment opportunities between Egypt and the rest of African.
Chairman El-Sharkawi described EABA as a business community working to support the economic, investment and trade growth of the Africa continent. EABA links African businesses in terms of joint investment opportunities in favour of the sustainable development of the continent.
The EABA Ghana representative inviting all speakers to the webinar and highlighting the benefits and value propositions investors will derived from doing business with the commercial city of Africa alerted that, EABA was a place for everyone. She hailed the birth of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area granting Ghana now the status as the commercial city for Africa.
With such a very prominent and promising body like EABA, pulling resources such as knowledge, talent, experience and expertise towards an inclusive socio-economic development and progress of mother Africa and its people will be a step in the right direction,” she added. She called on all and sundry to think Ghana first when thinking of the preferred business destination post covid-19 for trade and investment.
The Commercial Diplomat, Mr. Ahmed Tarek, representing the Egyptian Embassy in Ghana on the panel says: “it is indeed gratifying to see Ghanaian entrepreneurs coming under such an umbrella like EABA to pitch their business and discuss trade and investment opportunities with the rest of Africa. He was of the opinion that, doing business in Ghana is the right thing to do as the economy provides that safe haven for all investors to thrive”
Dr. James Rajamani, the chairman and chief chancellor of the India Africa Trade Council – (IATC) shared a solidarity message as he also highlighted benefits he has enjoyed as an entrepreneur doing business over two decades in Ghana inviting other investors to do same.
To this end, Dr. Alfa Kadri former CEO of the Ghana Commodity exchange based in Accra and currently an International Consultant with the IFC/World Bank Group where he advises on structured market systems in Africa, supported the establishment and restructuring of several commodity exchanges and structured financial services scheme in Africa including – Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana was pleased to be part of the webinar. He called on other African entrepreneurs and investors to turn their focus to the commercial city as so much support awaits them in trade facilitation to the country. He also spoke on the general business environment, laws, regulations and government policies vis-a-vis doing business in Ghana.
Dr. Bernice Welbeck of the Ghana Labour Commission presented and educated the audience on the legal requirement of the law in support of the effective management of the employment relationship under Ghana’s Labour Laws.
Other speakers included business owners of diversified fields in Ghana – the destinations marketing and management as well as travel and tourism industry, oil and gas, agribusiness, services industry, fashion, media, TVET, security, pharmaceuticals, social enterprises, textiles, real estate, animal feed, chieftaincy and culture, agriculture amongst others.
Now is the time for EABA and its wonderful members consisting of successful businesspeople, career diplomats and smart professionals of all types, to push the collective African agenda towards meaningful and sustainable development as well as business expansion in this part of our globe. It would be recalled that the association also held series of meetings and conferences, one of which was “the African women conference” which discussed the role of the African woman to promoting trade and investment for Africa, and was attended online by EABA members and affiliates within Africa and beyond.