The Ghana Nigeria Business Council (GNBC) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) will hold a maiden CEO Forum in Nigeria this week.
The event will take place in Lagos and Abuja on Wednesday, February 16 and Thursday, February 17, 2022.
The event is in collaboration with the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Ghana Free Zones Authority, Ghana High Commission to Nigeria and Nigeria Ghana Business Council.
The theme for the maiden event is Ghana and Nigeria Stronger Together as the event aims to strengthen Ghana and Nigeria’s longstanding relationship, inform businesses of opportunities available in Ghana and also provide insight business operation laws to ensure compliance.
“As a council, we have progressively been making steps to further deepen ties, promote opportunities and drive engagement between businesses in Ghana and Nigeria.
“It is a great milestone that we have reached by organising the CEO Forum with key government partners and stakeholders which shows our seriousness as a country in ensuring we continue to build our age old relationship with Nigeria” the Chairman of the Ghana Nigeria Business Council, Mr Reginald Laryea stated.
“The 2022 CEO Forum will be engaging 100 CEO’s in Lagos on Wednesday 16th February at Eko Hotel & Suites on Victoria Island and Thursday 17th February at NAF Conference & Suites in Abuja. We are really looking forward to this being one of many trips organised by the council with our partners to really drive home our enthusiasm to further project Ghana and Nigeria’s trade”, he further stated.
He added that each key stakeholder was happy to be partnering with the Ghana Nigeria Business Council on the event as they feel it is a laudable and necessary event for Ghana to embark on.
Ghana and Nigeria are the two largest economies in West Africa, and there are many opportunities to be explored within each country.
Beyond investment opportunities it is equally important for representatives of both countries to understand operating laws and compliance requirements, as each country has its own sets of rules of engagement, as such, the upcoming forum will take the opportunity address such.
In 2016, Ghana and Nigeria saw the highest level of trade relations between the two nations, as trade passed $1 billion.
This value of trade became a benchmark of what the two nations can achieve on an annual basis in Non Traditional Exports (NTE’s) (source: Ghana Export Promotion Authority).
“We would like to thank our sponsors Ghana Free Zones Authority, Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Africa World Airlines (AWA), Media Majique, Alisa Hotels and Nartey Law Firm for coming onboard for this maiden event and also congratulating each of them in taking advantage of the opportunities sponsoring this event presents to them. We are fully booked for both Lagos and Abuja and look forward to a successful event, and are equally looking forward to hosting more similar events in the near future.” Ms Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Nigeria Business Council said.
The Ghana Nigeria Business Council is a not-for-profit, non-partisan business council, which has been in existence since 2015.
It seeks to promote trade between Ghana and Nigeria, encourage a smooth transition and provide the necessary support for interested parties to set up trade in Ghana.
There is also a sister organization located in Lagos, Nigeria which is the Nigeria Ghana Business Council.