With the rising global interest in doing business in Africa, the Ghana Investment and Opportunities Summit (GHIOS), the first of which took place over two days in October 2018 at the London Hilton on Park Lane was launched by the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia who lead a delegation of industry captains and business leaders to showcase why Ghana is the number choice for investors considering to do business in Africa. The summit was organised by the GHIOS Committee in collaboration with the Ghana High Commission UK (GHCUK) and the Ghana investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).
The aim of GHIOS is to bring together delegates from the international investor community especially from the United Kingdom, venture capitalists and private equity fund managers amongst others for in-depth discussions and the exploration of viable investment opportunities within various sectors of the Ghanaian economy. It also aims at matching local businesses with international partners.
Ghana was ranked number one in West Africa for ‘Ease of Doing Business 2019’ by the World Bank, was the second highest recipient of FDI in West Africa (World Investment Report 2019), ranked number one in West Africa for Global Competitiveness (Global Competitiveness 2018) and recently been upgraded to a ‘B’ credit rating with a stable outlook (S&P, Moody’s and Fitch).
With the country now earmarked to be the fastest growing economy in the world this year (2019) according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its stable political climate, adaptable work force, excellent sea and air connections to Europe and the USA, an excellent location as the hub for doing business in Africa and a dynamic private sector, now more than ever is the best time for investors to pay close attention to Ghana as it continues to make giant strides and solidifies its status as the force to reckon with in Africa.
The next GHIOS is scheduled to take place in London from Tuesday 21st to Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at the London Hilton on Park Lane from 8am daily under the theme ‘Accessing the African Common Market through Ghana: Technology, Digitisation & Industrialisation’ in line with the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTFA) which will undoubtedly form one of the world’s largest single markets of which Ghana is a member and host of the Head Quarters. GHIOS 2020 will take place on the side-lines of the forthcoming UK-Africa Investment Summit scheduled for 20th January 2020 in London.
The Keynote speaker for GHIOS 2020 will be the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Danqua Akufo-Addo who will bring with him key decision makers within some major industries both from the government of Ghana and the private sector who will share viable bankable projects with potential investors and kick start serious business discussions on investing in Ghana.
There will be focused meetings arranged for investors and ongoing facilitation offered to ensure that every potential investor is pointed in the right direction depending on their area on interest.